Garlant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Garlant family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The name Garlant is derived from the Old English personal name Gærland. However, the surname Garlant may be a local name derived from some place which is now unknown; gær and land are common elements in Old English nomenclature.

Early Origins of the Garlant family

The surname Garlant 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.

Important Dates for the Garlant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garlant research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1296, 1379, 1425 and are included under the topic Early Garlant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Garlant Spelling Variations

The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Garlant has been spelled Garland, Garlland, Gerland, Gerlond and others.

Early Notables of the Garlant family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Garlant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Garlant family to Ireland

Some of the Garlant 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.

Garlant migration to the United States

The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Garlant:

Garlant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Garlant, who landed in Georgia in 1738 [1]

Citations

  1. ^ 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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