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Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Garnham family in Ireland was Mag Fhionnain, derived from the word "fionn," which means "fair."

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The surname Garnham was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Garnham were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Gannon, Ganon and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garnham research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1798 is included under the topic Early Garnham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Garnham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Garnham, aged 24, a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Catherine"
  • Benjamin Garnham, aged 24, a bricklayer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851
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  • Stuart Edward Garnham (b. 1955), former English footballer who played from 1973 to 1985
  • Percy Claude Garnham (1875-1915), British father of Percy Cyril Claude Garnham
  • Percy Cyril Claude Garnham FRS CMG (1901-1994), British biologist and parasitologist, awarded the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's Manson Medal in 1965
  • Scott Garnham (b. 1985), British theatre actor, known for his work in Billy Elliot The Musical, Les Miserables, Made in Dagenham and many more
  • Robin Garnham (b. 1988), British handball player at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Nicholas Garnham (b. 1937), English Emeritus Professor at the University of Westminster
  • Michael Anthony Garnham (b. 1960), former English cricketer
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    4. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    8. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    9. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Garnham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Garnham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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