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Although the Garrett surname came to Britain with the Normans, it derives from the Germanic personal names Gerard, or Gerald, composed of the elements "gar," or "ger," meaning "spear," "hard," meaning "brave," or "strong," and "wald," meaning "rule."

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The surname Garrett was first found in Lincolnshire, where a Geraddus filius Simonis is on record in 1242 in the Liber Feodorum. A John Gerad was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Somerset in 1230.

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Garrett, Garratt, Garret, Garrat, Garet, Garitt, Garatt and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garrett research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1086, 1511, 1551 and are included under the topic Early Garrett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Garrett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Garrett or a variant listed above:

Garrett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Garrett, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Tho Garrett, aged 20, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
  • Elia Garrett, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Adrey Garrett, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Rowland Garrett, who arrived in Virginia in 1637


Garrett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Catherine Garrett, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Susannah Garrett, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Amey Garrett, who arrived in Virginia in 1720
  • Amos Garrett, who landed in Annapolis, Maryland in 1739
  • Mathias Garrett, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765


Garrett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Garrett, who came to New York, NY in 1803
  • Hen Garrett, aged 33, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • S Ann Garrett, aged 27, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Hugh Garrett, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • Fredk Garrett, aged 19, arrived in America in 1821


Garrett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Richard Garrett U.E. who arrived atPort Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 228 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York
  • Mr. Ronald Lee Garrett U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. William Garrett U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Garrett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Townsend Garrett, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Isaac Garrett, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Augustus S Garrett, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Garrett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Garrett, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Benjamin Garrett, a baker, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Richard Garrett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • Mary Ann Garrett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • Edward Garrett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839


Garrett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • W W G Garrett landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Gertrude
  • Ellen Garrett, aged 18, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Wm Garrett landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1843
  • Walter George Garrett, aged 23, a carpenter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • Eliza Garrett, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865


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  • Helen Elizabeth Garrett (1963-2016), American professor of law and an academic administrator, 13th President of Cornell University (2015-2016)
  • Paul Isaac Garrett (1947-1988), American Flight Attendant from Napa, California, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Robert Garrett (1875-1961), American two time gold and two time silver Olympic medalist for athletics in the 1896 games and two time bronze medalist for 1900 games
  • Brigadier-General Robert C. Garrett (1886-1981), American Commanding General Hawaiian Seacoast Artillery Command (1941-1945)
  • John M. Garrett, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Dunbar, West Virginia, 1923-26 (acting, 1923)
  • John R. Garrett, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Alabama 1st District, 1992
  • John S. Garrett, American Democrat politician, Member of Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1950; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1960
  • John Thomas Garrett (1921-1979), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1960; Member of Kentucky State Senate 2nd District, 1962-79
  • John Work Garrett (1872-1942), American Republican politician, U.S. Minister to Venezuela, 1910-11; Argentina, 1911-13; Netherlands, 1917-19; Luxembourg, 1917-19
  • Julian B. Garrett, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 5th District, 1978

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  • A Book of Garretts, 1600-1960 by Hester Elizabeth Garrett.
  • Garrett, Catlett, Ware, and Related Families by Sunie Garrett Talbert Elliott Fisher.
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