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


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.

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, 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our La Garde research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1533, 1814, 1894, 1631, 1683, 1637 and 1694 are included under the topic Early La Garde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early La Garde Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. 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

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 emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • L. La Garde, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Richard D. La Garde, aged 29, who emigrated to Washington DC, in 1912
  • Elizabeth La Garde, aged 3, who emigrated to Washington DC, in 1912

La Garde Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Antoine Lagarde, aged 23, landed in Quebec in 1899

  • 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
  • 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
  • Paul Anton de Lagarde (1827-1891), born Paul Bötticher, a German polymath, biblical scholar and Orientalist
  • Carlos de Lucio Lagarde (1928-2007), best known as Karloff Lagarde, a Mexican professional wrestler, four-time Mexican National Welterweight Champion
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    Other References

    1. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    8. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    9. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The La Garde Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The La Garde 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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