Jardin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The first people to use the name Jardin were a family of Strathclyde- Britons who lived in the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name comes from when someone lived in Angus. Jardin is thought to have been a Norman name that made it's way North into Scotland. It is ultimately derived from the Old French word jardin, or "garden." Further research indicates that the family settled very early in the barony of Gardyne in the parish of Kirkden, Angus. It is from these lands that the family takes its name; although a more literal interpretation of the name would mean 'of the garden.' The family also held estates in Arbroath, Aberdeen, Banff and Perth for centuries. [1]

Early Origins of the Jardin family

The surname Jardin was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where one of the first official records was Winefredus de Jardine in 1153 when he witnessed charters by King David 1st to the Abbeys of Kelso and Arbroath.

Early feudal rolls provided the king of the time a method of cataloguing holdings for taxation, but today they provide a glimpse into the wide surname spellings in use at that time.

"Umfrid de Jardin witnessed a charter by Robert de Bruys to the Abbey of Arnbroath, c. 1178-80, and as Humphrey del Gardin witnessed confirmation of a fishery in Torduf c. 1194-1211. Patrick de Gardinus was cleric to the bishop of Glasgow c. 1200, and Sir Humphrey de Gardino witnessed a resignation of lands in Annandale a. 1245." [1]

Early History of the Jardin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jardin research. Another 338 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1014, 1476, 1684, 1712, 1777, 1800, 1597, 1672, 1885, 1916, 1906, 1919, 1919, 1910, 1918, 1695, 1699, 1683 and 1737 are included under the topic Early Jardin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jardin Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Jardin has appeared as Jardine, Jardin, Gardin, Gardyn, Garden and others.

Early Notables of the Jardin family (pre 1700)

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jardin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Jardin family to Ireland

Some of the Jardin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Jardin migration to the United States +

The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Jardin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andrew and Bessie Jardin, who landed in America in 1685

New Zealand Jardin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Jardin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Albert Jardin, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Jardin (post 1700) +

  • Jacques Jardin, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [2]


The Jardin Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cave adsum
Motto Translation: Beware I am here.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 27) Jacques Jardin. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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