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The name Garretson was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. Garretson is based on the baptismal name Garrison, which means Gerard. That name was originally derived from the Old German Gerhard, which literally means spear-brave. 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.

Garretson Early Origins



The surname Garretson was first found in Cornwall, where they received a grant of lands from the Count of Mortain in 1066.

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Garretson Spelling Variations


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Garretson Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Garretson were recorded, including Gear, Gayre, Gyre, Garrison, McGair, Kerrison and many more.

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Garretson Early History


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Garretson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garretson research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1613 are included under the topic Early Garretson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Garretson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Garretson Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Garretson arrived in North America very early:

Garretson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Garretson, who landed in Maryland in 1665

Garretson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Arie Garretson, aged 81, arrived in New York in 1745

Garretson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • C Garretson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J Garretson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Garretson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Garretson (post 1700)



  • Ron Garretson (b. 1958), American professional NBA basketball referee
  • Katy Garretson, American two-time Directors Guild of America award winning television director, best known for Frasier (1993), Sid the Science Kid (2008) and Still Standing (2002)
  • John Wesley Garretson (1812-1895), American surveyor who mapped large areas of Askansas and New Mexico in the 1800s
  • Darell Garretson (1932-2008), American NBA basketball referee
  • Bob Garretson (b. 1933), American racing driver
  • Austin Bruce Garretson (1856-1931), American labor leader, President of the Order of Railway Conductors who created an eight-hour day with time-and-a-half overtime pay for his members

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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    The Garretson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Garretson 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 8 July 2015 at 08:29.

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