Origins Available: English
Although the Garrat surname came to Britain with the Normans
, it derives from the Germanic personal names Gerard, or Gerald, composed of the elements "gar," or "ger," meaning "spear," "hard," meaning "brave," or "strong," and "wald," meaning "rule." 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)
Not all of the family made the crossing with the Conqueror as Roger and William Garet were both listed in Normandy
in 1180. A few years later, Arnulph and William Garet were also listed there in 1198. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early Origins of the Garrat family
The surname Garrat was first found in Lincolnshire
, where a Geraddus filius
Simonis is on record in 1242 in Liber Feodorum. A John Gerad was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1230. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Garrat family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garrat research.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1086, 1511, 1551 and are included under the topic Early Garrat History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Garrat Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Garrett, Garratt, Garret, Garrat, Garet, Garitt, Garatt and many more.
Early Notables of the Garrat family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Garrat Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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Migration of the Garrat family to Ireland
Some of the Garrat family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Garrat family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Garrat or a variant listed above were: Hannah and Richard Garrett, who came to Salem, Massachusetts in 1630; Eliz. Garrett, who came to Virginia in 1632; Richard West Garrett, who arrived in St. Christopher in 1635.