Last name: Gardner
© Copyright: Name Origin Research www.surnamedb.com 1980 - 2015
We are currently experiencing a technical fault with our comments system we hope to have it working again shortly, sorry for any inconvenience. (19th of May 2015)
The surname Gardner is of a Scandinavian-Germanic origin. It was derived from the Northern French word "gardin" and introduced into the British Isles after the Norman (Norse) Invasion of 1066. The Normans adopted the Frank German language and customs and during the invasion into England they brought with them Franks, Flemish and also Jews. Language and people are migratory and have a history. You may have noticed that language is still changing and being added to by witness of our own current language changes today. Don’t forget the fact that words can have more than one meaning and with all things there is a history; so layer upon layer there are migratory changes made. The word “gardin” is derivative of the pre 7th century Germanic word "gard". The word “gar” itself means “spear” and the word “den” means “faithful or loyal”; so the “garden” becomes the place that is faithfully or loyally kept in order and under the care of the spear by its faithful or loyal defender. Now getting back to the word “gard” which truly means “guard or protector” and when connected with the word “ner” it means “one at or one near” and so it now becomes the word we know as the “Gardner”; the guard nearby or at the “garden” which is that separated bit of land in the enclosure of which was, is and forever will be, so loyally or faithfully kept or tended as it is under the constant care of the ever present Gardner (gardener). As anyone one can attest, the Gardner (gardener) is the one who truly does battle against the elements and the cruel intruders which can so easily enter into the garden from the outside. So how does the (Gardner) gardener accomplish this you ask? By faithfully or loyally guarding it and keeping it under the care of gardening implement. Oh yes, there is a history shared between tools and weaponry. Do you realize that even kitchen tools were derived from those used outdoors in the garden shed and also from those which were found in the workshop? Just ponder the following from The King James Bible: Isaiah 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Is there nothing new under the sun?
The Gardner surname means guardian in Old French. "The Old French Dictionary" by Robert Kelham stated that the word 'garden' means lord warden. All of these websites and non educated surname specialists think the name Gardner means gardener. If it were so, then it would be as common as Smith. The surname Gardner means guardian.