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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.

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

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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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  7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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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.

This page was last modified on 17 November 2014 at 09:22.

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