The name Gairdiner is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a gardener.
The surname Gairdiner originally derived from the Old French word gardinier.
It was later adopted in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Occupational
names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational
names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational
suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.
Similarly, surnames of office, which include military, judicial, papal and other positions of authority, are widespread throughout Europe. Those who were involved in the military, or feudal
armies, were given names such as the English surname Archer,
the French name Chevalier
and the German name Jeger,
which means hunter.
Names that were derived from judicial and papal titles, such asBailiffe, Squire
are still commonly seen with the same surname spelling today.
Early Origins of the Gairdiner family
The surname Gairdiner was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times. Early records show William le Gardinier in county Rutland in 1199; William Gardin, listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Huntingdon
in 1218, John atte
Gardyne, listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1296; and Walter le Gardiner listed in the Subsidy Rolls
for London in 1292.
Early History of the Gairdiner family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gairdiner research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1300, 1370, 1426, 1454, 1545, 1493, 1555, 1531, 1478, 1591, 1662, 1640, 1592, 1674, 1624, 1599, 1663, 1635, 1637, 1705, 1695, 1705, 1604 and are included under the topic Early Gairdiner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gairdiner Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Gairdiner are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Gairdiner include Gardiner, Gardner and others.
Early Notables of the Gairdiner family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Stephen Gardiner (c.1493-1555), English prelate, who was made Bishop of Winchester (1531); Richard Gardyner, Lord Mayor of London in 1478; Thomas Gardiner (1591-1662), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1640, supporter of the Royalist cause in... Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gairdiner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gairdiner family to Ireland
Some of the Gairdiner family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 187 words (13 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 Gairdiner family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Gairdiner or a variant listed above: Lyon Gardiner who settled in Saybrook, Long Island, after sailing in his 25 ton ketch called "Bachelor" in 1633. He purchased the island from the Indians, and this famous island was first known as Gardiner's Island. His daughter, Mary, was the first white person born on Long Island. Christopher Gardiner, came to New England