Jerden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Scotland, the first people to use Jerden as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name someone who lived in Angus. Jerden is thought to have been a Norman name that made it's way North into Scotland. It is ultimately derived from the Old French word jardin, or "garden." Further research indicates that the family settled very early in the barony of Gardyne in the parish of Kirkden, Angus. It is from these lands that the family takes its name; although a more literal interpretation of the name would mean 'of the garden.' The family also held estates in Arbroath, Aberdeen, Banff and Perth for centuries. [1]

Early Origins of the Jerden family

The surname Jerden was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where one of the first official records was Winefredus de Jardine in 1153 when he witnessed charters by King David 1st to the Abbeys of Kelso and Arbroath.

Early feudal rolls provided the king of the time a method of cataloguing holdings for taxation, but today they provide a glimpse into the wide surname spellings in use at that time.

"Umfrid de Jardin witnessed a charter by Robert de Bruys to the Abbey of Arnbroath, c. 1178-80, and as Humphrey del Gardin witnessed confirmation of a fishery in Torduf c. 1194-1211. Patrick de Gardinus was cleric to the bishop of Glasgow c. 1200, and Sir Humphrey de Gardino witnessed a resignation of lands in Annandale a. 1245." [1]

Early History of the Jerden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jerden research. Another 338 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1014, 1476, 1684, 1712, 1777, 1800, 1597, 1672, 1885, 1916, 1906, 1919, 1919, 1910, 1918, 1695, 1699, 1683 and 1737 are included under the topic Early Jerden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jerden Spelling Variations

Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Jerden has been spelled Jardine, Jardin, Gardin, Gardyn, Garden and others.

Early Notables of the Jerden family (pre 1700)

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jerden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Jerden family to Ireland

Some of the Jerden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Jerden migration to the United States +

For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Jerden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C L Jerden, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]


The Jerden Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cave adsum
Motto Translation: Beware I am here.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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)


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