This famous name is a derivation either from the medieval English job descriptive "Haggart or Haggerter" - which describes a trainer of hawks caught in the wild, or it derives from the Olde Danish-Viking "Agard" - a locational name from the city of Agard in Denmark. It is also possible that the name is a medieval nickname for a "wild and untamed" person, the derivation being from the Olde French "hagard". The name development includes Anna Haggard who married James Crimble on October 8th 1684, at St. James Church, Dukes Place, London, whilst an unusual variant spelling was that of Dinah Haggarth, recorded at St. Mary Whitechapel on August 5th 1759. The Author Sir H. Rider Haggard (1856 - 1925), wrote the ever popular book "King Solomon's Mines". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alice Haggard, which was dated 1275, in the County Pipe Rolls of Worcester, during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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