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Where did the English Garrison family come from? What is the English Garrison family crest and coat of arms? When did the Garrison family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Garrison family history?Garrison is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The name Garrison came from the baptismal name Garrison, which means Gerard. That name was originally derived from the Old German Gerhard, which literally means spear-brave. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Garrison are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Garrison include Gear, Gayre, Gyre, Garrison, McGair, Kerrison and many more.
First found in Cornwall, where they received a grant of lands from the Count of Mortain in 1066.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garrison research. Another 259 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1613 are included under the topic Early Garrison History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Garrison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Garrison, or a variant listed above:
Garrison Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Garrison Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Garrison Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Garrison Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Garrison Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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