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The name Girard is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the son of Gerard. The surname Girard was originally derived from the Old German Gerhard which meant spear-brave. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Girard Early Origins



The surname Girard was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The Gerrard family name, also spelled Gerard and Jarrard, is traced by historians to the grandson of Edward the Confessor (1004-1066). In England the name was first recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. Gerard (died 21 May 1108), was Lord Chancellor of England (1085-1092) appointed by William I, and later Archbishop of York (1100-1108.) He may have been with the king's hunting party when William II was killed, as he witnessed the first charter issued by the new king, Henry I of England, a few days later. Windle with Hardshaw in Lancashire was home to the family in later years. "In the reign of Edward III., the manor was held under William Boteler by Peter de Burnhull, with whose heiress the Gerards acquired the property; and this latter family are the present lords. Windle Hall belongs to Sir John Gerard, Bart., at whose annual court lor the manor of Windle, officers are chosen for the township." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Girard Spelling Variations


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Girard 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. Girard has been spelled many different ways, including Gerrard, Gerard, Jarrard, Jared, Garrad, Garred, Jarratt, Jarrett and many more.

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Girard Early History


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Girard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Girard research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1177, 1545, 1611, 1593, 1559, 1581, 1564, 1618, 1622, 1613, 1640, 1634, 1667, 1587, 1670, 1617, 1680, 1641, 1660, 1618, 1683, 1660, 1687, 1661, 1685, 1659, 1701, 1689 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Girard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Girard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Girard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include John Gerard (Gerarde) (1545-1611), an English botanist and herbalist, who maintained a large herbal garden in London, eponym of the botanical genus Gerardia; Sir Gilbert Gerard (died 1593), a prominent lawyer, politician, and landowner who served six times as a member of the...

Another 139 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Girard 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



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 Girards to arrive in North America:

Girard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Abraham Girard settled in New York in 1715
  • Abraham Girard, who arrived in New York, NY in 1715
  • Nicolas Girard settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Francois Girard, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Nicolas Girard, who landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Girard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Louis David Girard, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • Peter Girard settled in Philadelphia in 1834
  • John F. Girard settled in Philadelphia in 1834
  • Jean Pierre Girard, aged 43, landed in Missouri in 1845

Girard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Pierre Girard, who landed in Canada in 1642
  • Pierre Girard, aged 38, arrived in Canada in 1643
  • Francois Girard, aged 28, landed in Quebec in 1658

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Contemporary Notables of the name Girard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Girard (post 1700)



  • René Noël Théophile Girard (1923-2015), French-born, American historian, literary critic, and philosopher of social science
  • Stephen Girard (1750-1831), French-born, American philanthropist and banker
  • Jean-Pierre Girard, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Pierre Louis Pélagie Girard, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Jean-Baptiste Girard, Duke of Ligny, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Christine Girard (b. 1985), Canadian bronze medalist weightlifter at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Pierre-Simon Girard (1765-1836), French mathematician and engineer
  • Philippe de Girard (1775-1845), French inventor who many believe was the inventor of food preservation using tin cans
  • Jonathan Girard (b. 1980), former Canadian NHL ice hockey player
  • Jean-Yves Girard (b. 1947), French mathematician and logician
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Girard Family Crest Products


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Girard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Girard 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.

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