Garde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Garde family

The surname Garde was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1275 when Richard and John Gard held Lands.

Important Dates for the Garde family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garde research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1606, 1662, 1645 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Garde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Garde Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Garde family name include Gard, Guard, Garde, Guarde and others.

Early Notables of the Garde family (pre 1700)

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Garde migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Garde surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Garde Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Alexander DeLa Garde, aged 27, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • Roger Garde, who landed in New England in 1644 [1]
  • Jean Garde, who landed in South Carolina in 1679 [1]
Garde Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean DeLa Garde, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [1]

Garde migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Garde Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • H.W. Garde, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838 [2]
  • Bridget Garde, aged 18, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849 [3]
  • Mr. William H. Garde, (b. 1862), aged 21, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Duke of Westminster" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 23rd June 1885 [4]

Garde migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Garde Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Christopher Garde, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Garde (post 1700)

  • Andrew E. Garde, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Cromwell; Elected 1910 [5]

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LORD GODERICH 1838. Retrieved from
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from
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