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They probably originate from the German akhard, aghard term composed of aki (cut wound) or agi (fear) and hart (strong, hard) with the meaning of hard fighter or warrior that inspires fear. The spread is mainly in the north-west area, Accardi has a strong nucleus in Sicily and is also present in Lazio, Campania and Cosenza areas, Accardo has a strong stock in the Neapolitan and one in western Sicily, Acchiardi is specific to the province of Cuneo, of Roccabruna and Dronero in particular, Acchiardo, decidedly more rare, it would seem specific of Dronero, Achiardi is almost unique, Acciardi has some presence in the Caserta area, a stock in Nova Siri in the Matera area and one in the near Cosenza, in Oriolo, Nocara, San Marco Argentano, Montegiordano and Rocca Imperiale. additions provided by Giovanni Vezzelli Accardi is also widespread in the Rimini area. It comes from the ancient High German ECKA = angle, edge of the sword, point, (ted. Ecke = angle) + ancient high German HARTU / HERTI = resistant, strong (ted. Hart = hard) and produced the Germanic names ECKEHARD (T ) / ECKHARD (T) and then, from these, the Latin Achardus. Meaning: valiant in the use of the sword. See G.Vezzelli: Romagna surnames of barbarian-Germanic origin, Il Sodalizio, Rimini, 1988, p.17