Garlen is an ancient Pictish-Scottish name. It is derived from the Old English personal name Gærland.
However, the surname Garlen 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 Garlen family
The surname Garlen 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 Garlen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garlen research.Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1296, 1379, 1425 and are included under the topic Early Garlen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Garlen Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Garlen has appeared Garland, Garlland, Gerland, Gerlond and others.
Early Notables of the Garlen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Garlen family to Ireland
Some of the Garlen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 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 Garlen family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Garlen name: 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.