Show ContentsLa Garde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name La Garde was formed many centuries ago in France during the Dark Ages in that northern western region known as Brittany (French: Bretagne). [1] It was a name typically given to a vegetable gardener. It translates as, "of the gardens," and was originally given to the person in charge of growing edible produce.

Early Origins of the La Garde family

The surname La Garde was first found in Brittany, where this distinguished family first established itself as one of the most prestigious families of the region.

From this acclaimed family came many Lords of Bretagne and after branching to Bourgogne in 1500, the members of this noble family also became Lords in Normandy. By 1533, members of the renowned Desjardins family had spread and prospered as far as Livet in Grenoble.

Louis Isnar Desjardins, 1814-1894, a French engraver, was famous for inventing chromo typography. Felix Desjardins was known for his talents as a naturalist, along with Albert Desjardin, a noted French engineer.

Claude Des Jardins, born in 1649, son of Marin and Marguerite (née Gabrielle), travelled from France to the New World in the 17th century. He married Marguerite Cardillon, born in 1651, daughter of Noel and Marie (née Dubois), in Quebec on 12th January 1666. [2]

Early History of the La Garde family

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La Garde Spelling Variations

Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name La Garde, including Desjardin, Desjardins, DesJardin, DesJardins, Des Jardins, Desjardines, DesJardines, Déjardin, Déjardins, Dujardin, DuJardin, Desjardains, Desjardain, Déjardain, DéJardien, Déjerdin, Desjerdin, Desjerdins, Déjerdins, Déjerdain, Déjerdains, Le Jardin, Les Jardins, Lesjardins, Jardin, Jardines, Desjerdin and many more.

Early Notables of the La Garde family

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La Garde World Ranking

In the United States, the name La Garde is the 16,465th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3] However, in France, the name La Garde is ranked the 348th most popular surname with an estimated 11,638 people with that name. [4]

United States La Garde migration to the United States +

By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name La Garde has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name La Garde were

La Garde Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Julio Maria Lagarde, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1862 [5]
La Garde Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Loasis La Garde, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Mrs. L. La Garde, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • L. La Garde, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Richard D. La Garde, aged 29, who immigrated to Washington DC, in 1912
  • Elizabeth La Garde, aged 3, who immigrated to Washington DC, in 1912

Canada La Garde migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

La Garde Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Pierre Lagarde, son of Abraham and Marguerite, who married Marie Chatou, daughter of Charles and Françoise, in Quebec on 5th May 1665 [6]
La Garde Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean-Baptiste Lagarde, son of Pierre and Geneviève, who married Marguerite Martin, daughter of Pierre and Marie-Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 11th August 1733 [6]
  • Georges Lagarde, son of Gilbert and Marie, who married Geneviève Gendron, daughter of Jacques and Madeleine, in Quebec on 14th November 1740 [6]
  • Jean Lagarde, son of Jean and Marie, who married Marie-Anne Bireau, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Jeanne, in Montreal, Quebec on 12th November 1753 [6]
  • Antoine Lagarde, son of Jean-Baptiste and Marguerite, who married Élisabeth Madoue, daughter of François and Marie-Anne, in Saint-François-du-Lac, Quebec on 23rd January 1759 [6]
La Garde Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Antoine Lagarde, aged 23, who landed in Quebec in 1899

Contemporary Notables of the name La Garde (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Joseph "Tom" LaGarde (b. 1955), retired American NBA basketball player
  • Louis Anatole La Garde (1849-1920), American Colonel in the Medical Corps U. S. Army from Thibodaux, Louisiana
  • Sue Lagarde, American Republican politician, Candidate for Judge of Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1992 [7]
  • Pierre de Lagarde (1932-2022), French historian and television producer and director who devoted his career to the protection and enhancement of the architectural heritage of France
  • Jean-Claude Lagarde (1953-2022), who used the pseudonym, Claudius de Cap Blanc, a French sculptor
  • Paul Lagarde, French pole vaulter at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Jean-Christophe Lagarde (b. 1967), French politician, Member of the National Assembly of France, 2nd President of Union of Democrats and Independents )2014-)
  • Claude Lagarde (b. 1895), French sports shooter at the 1952 Summer Olympics
  • Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde (b. 1956), French lawyer and Union for a Popular Movement politician, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (2011-)
  • Henri-Jacques Martin de Lagarde, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [8]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  2. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from
  8. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 25) Henri-Jacques Lagarde. Retrieved from on Facebook