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Recorded in several spelling forms including Card, Carde, and Carder, this is a medieval English occupational surname, and one concerned with the early textile industry. It derives from the Old French worde "carde" and is probably most associated with the famous Flemish Weavers who were brought to this country in the 13th century by King Edward 1st, to teach the skills of cloth making to the unskilled English. The word "carde" actually translates as "teasle head", introducing the possibility that given the robust humour of the Middle Ages, it may also have been used as a nickname surname.

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