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Origin and Meaning of Harsh

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  • A user from India says the name Harsh is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "Happiness".
  • According to a user from India, the name Harsh is of Punjabi origin and means "Happiness".
  • According to a user from Netherlands, the name Harsh is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "Happiness".
  • A submission from India says the name Harsh means "Music" and is of English origin.
  • A user from New Zealand says the name Harsh is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "Happiness. Joy. Delight".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Harsh
  1. Rough; disagreeable; gratingesp.:
    1. disagreeable to the touch.
      " Harshsand."
    2. disagreeable to the taste.
      "Berries harshand crude."
    3. disagreeable to the ear.
      " Harshdin."
  2. Unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere; crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough."Clarence is so harsh, so blunt." [Shak.]"Though harsh the precept, yet the preacher charmed." [Dryden.]
  3. [Painting, Drawing, etc] Having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony.

Etymology: OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. härsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard (a.)

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  1. Sharply disagreeable; rigorous ("the harsh facts of court delays")
  2. Severe ("a harsh penalty")
  3. Unkind or cruel or uncivil ("had harsh words" and "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant")
  4. Unpleasantly stern ("wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus")
  5. Unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses ("the harsh cry of a blue jay", "harsh cognac", "the harsh white light makes you screw up your eyes", and "harsh irritating smoke filled the hallway")
  6. Of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles

From Middle English harsk, harisk(e), hask(e), herris. Century derived the term from Old Norse harsk (whence Danish harsk (“rancid”), dialectal Norwegian hersk, Swedish härsk); the Middle English Dictionary derives it from that and Middle Low German harsch (“rough”, literally “hairy”) (whence also German harsch), from haer (“hair”); the Oxford Dictionary of English derives it from Middle Low German alone.

Notable Persons Named Harsh

Harsh Chhaya is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1992. Harsh was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.


Harsh Mander is a writer and activist. Harsh was born in 1955.


Harsh was born in 1957.


Harsh Vashisht is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2002. Harsh was born in 24 in India.


Harsh Rajput is an actor.


Harsh Mayar is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2011 to present. Harsh was born on March 22nd, 1998 in India. Harsh is also known as Kalam.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Harsh

Griffith R. Harsh is a neurosurgeon and neurosurgery. Griffith was given the name Griffith Rutherford Harsh IV on July 25th, 1953 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.


Jodie was born in 1985.


Vivian was born on May 27th, 1890. She died on August 17th, 1960.


David Harsh is a solo singer, songwriter, singing, and solosingerandsongwriter.


How popular is the baby name Harsh in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1988 7 0 7
1990 8 0 8
1991 10 0 10
1992 12 0 12
1993 24 0 24
1994 20 0 20
1995 28 0 28
1996 25 0 25
1997 34 0 34
1998 24 0 24
1999 37 0 37
2000 28 0 28
2001 23 0 23
2002 22 0 22
2003 39 0 39
2004 46 0 46
2005 34 0 34
2006 22 0 22
2007 26 0 26
2008 19 0 19
2009 19 0 19
2010 13 0 13
2011 19 0 19
2012 20 0 20
2013 16 0 16
2014 18 0 18
2015 14 0 14
2016 7 0 7
2017 10 0 10
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Popularity of Harsh as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Harsh U.S.
  White 93.34% 64.26%
  African American 1.09% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.82% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.35% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.29% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.11% 16.26%

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People with the last name Harsh are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Harsh

  • How Popular is the name Harsh? Harsh is the 14,199th most popular name of all time. As a last name Harsh was the 9,544th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Harsh have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 624 babies born with the first name Harsh in the United States. That's more than enough people named Harsh to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Harsh? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1988 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Harsh first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Harsh is Friday, February 4th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Harsh born? The highest recorded use of the first name Harsh was in 2004 with a total of 46 babies.
  • Random Harsh Factoid: According to the 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Harsh is not a popular baby boy's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, only 7 babies in New Jersey have the same name as you in 1998.
  • Weird things about the name Harsh: Your name in reverse order is Hsrah. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Asrhh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Harsh? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,407 people with the last name Harsh.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Harsh? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Harsh as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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