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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. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
The surname Garnier was first found in Rutland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garnier research. Another 298 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1170 and 1280 are included under the topic Early Garnier History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Garnier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Garnier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Garnier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Garnier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Garnier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
The Garnier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Garnier 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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