Gardey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gardey was formed many centuries ago in France during the Dark Ages in that northern western region known as Brittany (French: Bretagne). [1] It was a name typically given to a vegetable gardener. It translates as, "of the gardens," and was originally given to the person in charge of growing edible produce.

Early Origins of the Gardey family

The surname Gardey was first found in Brittany, where this distinguished family first established itself as one of the most prestigious families of the region.

From this acclaimed family came many Lords of Bretagne and after branching to Bourgogne in 1500, the members of this noble family also became Lords in Normandy. By 1533, members of the renowned Desjardins family had spread and prospered as far as Livet in Grenoble.

Louis Isnar Desjardins, 1814-1894, a French engraver, was famous for inventing chromo typography. Felix Desjardins was known for his talents as a naturalist, along with Albert Desjardin, a noted French engineer.

Claude Des Jardins, born in 1649, son of Marin and Marguerite (née Gabrielle), travelled from France to the New World in the 17th century. He married Marguerite Cardillon, born in 1651, daughter of Noel and Marie (née Dubois), in Quebec on 12th January 1666. [2]

Early History of the Gardey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gardey research. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1631, 1683, 1637 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Gardey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gardey Spelling Variations

The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Gardey is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Desjardin, Desjardins, DesJardin, DesJardins, Des Jardins, Desjardines, DesJardines, Déjardin, Déjardins, Dujardin, DuJardin, Desjardains, Desjardain, Déjardain, DéJardien, Déjerdin, Desjerdin, Desjerdins, Déjerdins, Déjerdain, Déjerdains, Le Jardin, Les Jardins, Lesjardins, Jardin, Jardines, Desjerdin and many more.

Early Notables of the Gardey family (pre 1700)

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gardey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Gardey migration to the United States +

France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Gardey were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gardey were

Gardey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Adrian Gardey, who arrived in Maryland in 1675 [3]


  1. ^ Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.
  2. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. ^ 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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