Gerlant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Gerlant family lived. The name Gerlant comes from the Old English personal name Gærland. However, the surname Gerlant may be a local name derived from some place which is now unknown; gær and land are common elements in Old English nomenclature.

Early Origins of the Gerlant family

The surname Gerlant was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland. However, we must look south to find the first record of the name. Johannes de Garlandia or John of Garland ( fl. c. 1205-1255) was a philologist and university teacher who studied at Oxford. Another Johannes de Garlandia (Johannes Gallicus) (fl. c. 1270-1320) was a French music theorist of the late ars antiqua period of medieval music.

Important Dates for the Gerlant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerlant research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1296, 1379, 1425 and are included under the topic Early Gerlant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gerlant Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Gerlant has been spelled Garland, Garlland, Gerland, Gerlond and others.

Early Notables of the Gerlant family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Gerlant family to Ireland

Some of the Gerlant family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 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 Gerlant family

In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Gerlant: Daniel and Elizabeth Garland who settled in Barbados in 1654; Hugh Garland settled in Virginia in 1634; Peter Garland settled in Virginia in 1650; Robert Garland settled in Virginia in 1655.

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