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Harder is a common Mennonite name of Prussian background. The Danzig church record first lists the name in 1677. It also appeared in the records of the Mennonite churches of Tiegenhagen, Ladekopp, Rosenort, Fürstenwerder, and Heubuden. In 1940 it was the eighth most common Mennonite name in East Germany; at that time there were 184 Mennonites bearing the name. From Prussia the name was transplanted to Russia, the United States, Canada, and South America.

Who's Who Among the Mennonites lists B. W. Harder and H. N. Harder as ministers, and M. S. Harder as a professor at Bethel College.


Crous, Franz. "Mennonitenfamilien in Zahlen." Mennonitische Geschichtesblätter 5 (1940): 41.

Reimer, Gustav E. Die Familiennamen der westpreussischen Mennoniten. Weierhof, 1940: 109.

Warkentin, A. and Melvin Gingerich, eds., Who's Who Among the Mennonites. North Newton, Kan.: Bethel College Press, 1943.

Author(s) Menno S Harder
Date Published 1956

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Harder, Menno S. "Harder (Haerder) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 29 Apr 2017.

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Harder, Menno S. (1956). Harder (Haerder) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 April 2017, from

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 658. All rights reserved.

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