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Where did the English Garnier family come from? What is the English Garnier family crest and coat of arms? When did the Garnier family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Garnier family history?

The generations and branches of the Garnier family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Garnier comes from the baptismal name Garnier. 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.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Garnier include Garner, Garnier, Gerner and others.

First found in Rutland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garnier research. Another 298 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1170 and 1280 are included under the topic Early Garnier History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Garnier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Garnier or a variant listed above:

Garnier Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Isaac Garnier settled in Pennsylvania in 1686
  • Daniel Garnier who settled in Carolina with his wife, Elizabet Fanton, and his four daughters, Etienne, Rachel, Marguerite and Anne, in 1695
  • Elizabeth Garnier settled in Carolina in 1695

Garnier Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Isaac Garnier settled in New York in 1715
  • Marten Garnier settled in Philadelphia in 1796

Garnier Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Laurent Garnier, aged 52, settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • Louis Charles Garnier settled in Philadelphia in 1834
  • I. V. Garnier, aged 31, settled in Savannah, Georgia, in 1847
  • James Garnier settled in Philadelphia in 1879
  • David Garnier, aged 51, settled in New York in 1892

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  • Tony Garnier (b. 1955), American bassist, best known as an accompanist to Bob Dylan
  • Edward Henry Garnier QC (b. 1952), English barrister and Conservative Party politician
  • Laurent Garnier (b. 1966), French techno music producer
  • Marie Joseph François Garnier (1835-1873), French officer and explorer
  • Tony Garnier, French Architect, who designed the Olympic stadium in Lyon
  • Charles Garnier (1825-1898), French architect, designer of the Opéra Garnier and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo
  • Laurent Garnier (b. 1966), French techno music producer
  • Brigadier-General Paul-Henri-Maurice Garnier (1889-1959), French Deputy General Officer Commanding Lebanese Territories (1941)


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The Garnier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Garnier 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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