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The age-old Pictish-Scottish family name Garlin is derived from the Old English personal name Gærland. However, the surname Garlin may be a local name derived from some place which is now unknown; gær and land are common elements in Old English nomenclature.

Garlin Early Origins



The surname Garlin 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.

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Garlin Spelling Variations


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Garlin Spelling Variations



In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Garlin has been spelled Garland, Garlland, Gerland, Gerlond and others.

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Garlin Early History


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Garlin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garlin research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1296, 1379, 1425 and are included under the topic Early Garlin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Garlin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Garlin Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Garlin In Ireland


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Garlin In Ireland



Some of the Garlin 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Garlin: 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Garlin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Garlin (post 1700)



  • Jeffrey "Jeff" Garlin (b. 1962), American stand-up comedian, actor and producer

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