Garten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Garten family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames in the 12th century. Garten is an occupational name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a family whose profession was gardening. The surname Garten is derived from the German noun "gartner," which means "gardener."

Early Origins of the Garten family

The surname Garten was first found in Bavaria, where the family came from noble beginnings as a patrician family of Nuremberg and gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Garten family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garten research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1575, 1654, 1712, 1720, 1732, 1791, 1792, and 1858 are included under the topic Early Garten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Garten Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Garten include Gaertner, Gardner, Gardener, Gartener, Gaertener, Gaerdener, Gaerdner, Gaerthner, Gaerthener, Garthner and many more.

Early Notables of the Garten family (pre 1700)

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United States Garten migration to the United States +

European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Gartens to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Garten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dumes Garten, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Jane Garten, aged 20, who immigrated to America from Derry, in 1893
  • Garten, aged 29, who immigrated to America, in 1896
  • Chaskel Garten, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1896
Garten Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Leibe Garten, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States, in 1902
  • Alfred James Garten, aged 35, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Heinrich Garten, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from Kelusz, Austria, in 1907
  • Hyman Solanon Garten, aged 0, who landed in America from London, England, in 1911
  • Esther Garten, aged 22, who settled in America from London, England, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Garten (post 1700) +

  • Alvin Davis "Al" Garten (1905-1981), American head football coach for Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico
  • Joe Garten (b. 1968), former American college and professional CFL football player
  • Jeffrey Elliot Garten (b. 1946), American Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade, former Dean of the Yale School of Managemen
  • Ina Rosenberg Garten (b. 1948), nee Rosenberg, an American author, host of the Food Network program Barefoot Contessa, former White House nuclear policy analyst
  • Joel Garten (b. 1981), Canadian pianist and improviser
  • Ariel Garten (b. 1979), Canadian artist, scientist and intellectual on Facebook
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