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Garnett is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. Garnett is a name for a person who grew or sold pomegranates. This metonymic name, which is a type of name that refers to the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, is derived from the old French words pome, which meant fruit or apple, and grenate, which meant full of seeds. The name of the precious stone is derived from the same source. The name Garnett is also a metonymic occupational name for a maker or fitter of hinges, derived from the Old French word carne, which means hinge. The name Garnett was brought to England after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and it spread into the county of Lancashire.

Garnett Early Origins



The surname Garnett was first found in Lancashire at Leck, a township and chapelry, in the parish of Tunstall, union of Lancaster, hundred of Lonsdale south of the Sands. "This township belonged to the Gernets, of Halton, in the reign of John." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Garnett Spelling Variations


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Garnett Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Garnett, Garnet, Garnette, Gernet, Gernett and others.

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Garnett Early History


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Garnett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garnett research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1555, 1606, 1605, 1575 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Garnett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Garnett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Garnett Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Roger Gernett of Lancashire; Henry Garnet (1555-1606), sometimes Henry Garnett, an English Jesuit priest executed for his complicity in the Gunpowder...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Garnett Notables 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



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Garnett or a variant listed above:

Garnett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Garnett settled in Virginia in 1610
  • Thomas Garnett, who landed in Virginia in 1610
  • Eleabeth Garnett, who landed in Virginia in 1618
  • William Garnett, who arrived in Virginia in 1619
  • Susan Garnett, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Garnett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Garnett, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Joseph Garnett, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1742
  • William Garnett, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745

Garnett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Garnett, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • Gerald Garnett, who arrived in Iowa in 1886

Garnett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Joseph Garnett U.E. born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in St. Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became Master in Chancery in Charlotte County [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Garnett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Garnett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hibernia" in 1851
  • John Garnett, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"

Garnett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Garnett, aged 27, a railway guard, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Henrietta Garnett, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Martha E. Garnett, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Garnett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Garnett (post 1700)



  • William Garnett (1916-2006), American landscape photographer who specialized in aerial photography
  • Tay Garnett (1894-1977), American film director and writer
  • Robert S. Garnett (1819-1861), Confederate officer in American Civil War
  • Richard W. Garnett (b. 1968), American legal scholar
  • Richard B. Garnett (1817-1863), Confederate general in American Civil War, killed during Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Muscoe Russell Hunter Garnett (1821-1864), American politician, U.S. Representative from Virginia
  • Marlon Garnett (b. 1975), American NBA basketball player
  • Kevin Garnett (b. 1976), American professional NBA basketball player
  • James M. Garnett (1770-1843), American politician, U.S. Representative from Virginia
  • Christopher Garnett, American railway executive, former CEO of Great North Eastern Railway
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Garnett Historic Events


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Garnett Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Mary Garnett (1873-1914), née Heward Canadian Third Class Passenger from Calgary, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. William Garnett (1866-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Calgary, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. William Henry Garnett (1918-1941), Australian Acting Leading Stoker from Wentworthville, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

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