, from Frankish *hardijan; but it may also have come directly from Frankish *hardi, a secondary form of Frankish *hard (compare Old High German harti, herti, secondary forms of Old High German hart); or even yet from Frankish *hardig (compare Middle Low German herdich ("persevering"), Old Danish hærdig, Norwegian herdig, Swedish härdig ("vigorous, courageous")). Cognate with hard. May have at some point also been surface analysed as hard + -y.
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