Origins Available: English
The founding heritage of the Gerdner family is in the Anglo-Saxon
culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Gerdner comes from when one of the family worked as a gardener.
The surname Gerdner originally derived from the Old French word gardinier.
It was later adopted in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Occupational
names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational
names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational
suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.
Similarly, surnames of office, which include military, judicial, papal and other positions of authority, are widespread throughout Europe. Those who were involved in the military, or feudal
armies, were given names such as the English surname Archer,
the French name Chevalier
and the German name Jeger,
which means hunter.
Names that were derived from judicial and papal titles, such asBailiffe, Squire
are still commonly seen with the same surname spelling today.
Early Origins of the Gerdner family
The surname Gerdner was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times. Early records show William le Gardinier in county Rutland in 1199; William Gardin, listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Huntingdon
in 1218, John atte
Gardyne, listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1296; and Walter le Gardiner listed in the Subsidy Rolls
for London in 1292.
Early History of the Gerdner family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerdner research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1300, 1370, 1426, 1454, 1545, 1493, 1555, 1531, 1478, 1591, 1662, 1640, 1592, 1674, 1624, 1599, 1663, 1635, 1637, 1705, 1695, 1705, 1604 and are included under the topic Early Gerdner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gerdner Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Gerdner has been spelled many different ways, including Gardiner, Gardner and others.
Early Notables of the Gerdner family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Stephen Gardiner (c.1493-1555), English prelate, who was made Bishop of Winchester (1531); Richard Gardyner, Lord Mayor of London in 1478; Thomas Gardiner (1591-1662), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1640, supporter of the Royalist cause in... Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gerdner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gerdner family to Ireland
Some of the Gerdner family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 187 words (13 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 Gerdner family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Gerdners to arrive in North America:
Gerdner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jacob Gerdner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)