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The generations and branches of the Garnier family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Garnier comes from the baptismal name Garnier. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the Old French word "gerner," or "gernier" which means a "storehouse for corn" or "keeper of the granary." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
However, we should point out to the reader that Bardsley disagrees with this latter in his reference: "It has nothing to do with a granary, as suggested by Lower." He claims that the name could have also been originally an occupational name as in "the gardener," which was corrupted to Gardner and later Garner. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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The surname Garnier was first found in Rutland where the first record was found in the original Latin form, Garnerius de Nugent who was listed there 1170-1183. Later Geoffre Gerner was listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1272 and Willam del Gerner was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire in 1332. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 has only one listing of the family, Stephen Gemer who was listed as being in Lincolnshire at that time. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists Johannes Garner. The Lancashire Wills at Richmond list: Christopher Gardiner, or Garner in 1584; John Gardiner, or Garner, of Aldingham in the same year; and Christopher Garner, of Much Urswicke in 1575. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Garnier include Garner, Garnier, Gerner and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garnier research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1170 and 1280 are included under the topic Early Garnier 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 Garnier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Garnier or a variant listed above:

Garnier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Isaac Garnier settled in Pennsylvania in 1686
  • Daniel Garnier who settled in Carolina with his wife, Elizabet Fanton, and his four daughters, Etienne, Rachel, Marguerite and Anne, in 1695
  • Elizabeth Garnier settled in Carolina in 1695

Garnier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Isaac Garnier settled in New York in 1715
  • Marten Garnier settled in Philadelphia in 1796

Garnier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Laurent Garnier, aged 52, settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • Louis Charles Garnier settled in Philadelphia in 1834
  • I. V. Garnier, aged 31, settled in Savannah, Georgia, in 1847
  • James Garnier settled in Philadelphia in 1879
  • David Garnier, aged 51, settled in New York in 1892

Garnier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Marie Garnier, who arrived in Montreal in 1659
  • Marie Garnier, who landed in Montreal in 1659
  • Michelle Garnier, who landed in Montreal in 1659

Garnier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Etienne Garnier settled in Quebec in 1760
  • Pierre-Alexis Garnier settled in Quebec in 1776
  • Antoine Garnier settled in Quebec in 1796
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  • Tony Garnier (b. 1955), American bassist, best known as an accompanist to Bob Dylan
  • Edward Henry Garnier QC (b. 1952), English barrister and Conservative Party politician
  • Pierre Dominique Garnier, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Brigadier-General Paul-Henri-Maurice Garnier (1889-1959), French Deputy General Officer Commanding Lebanese Territories (1941)
  • Tony Garnier, French Architect, who designed the Olympic stadium in Lyon
  • Marie Joseph François Garnier (1835-1873), French officer and explorer
  • Laurent Garnier (b. 1966), French techno music producer
  • Charles Garnier (1825-1898), French architect, designer of the Opéra Garnier and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo
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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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