The name Gerlyn originated among the descendants of the ancient Pictish clans. It is derived from the Old English personal name Gærland.
However, the surname Gerlyn may be a local
name derived from some place which is now unknown; gær
are common elements in Old English nomenclature.
Early Origins of the Gerlyn family
The surname Gerlyn was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
. However, we must look south to find the first record of the name. Johannes de Garlandia or John of Garland ( fl.
c. 1205-1255) was a philologist and university teacher who studied at Oxford. Another Johannes de Garlandia (Johannes Gallicus) (fl. c. 1270-1320) was a French music theorist of the late ars antiqua period of medieval music.
Early History of the Gerlyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerlyn research.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1296, 1379, 1425 and are included under the topic Early Gerlyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gerlyn Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations
of the name Gerlyn include Garland, Garlland, Gerland, Gerlond and others.
Early Notables of the Gerlyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gerlyn family to Ireland
Some of the Gerlyn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gerlyn family to the New World and Oceana
Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia
and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan
societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Gerlyn: Daniel and Elizabeth Garland who settled in Barbados in 1654; Hugh Garland settled in Virginia in 1634; Peter Garland settled in Virginia in 1650; Robert Garland settled in Virginia in 1655.
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