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Garland Family History

Garland Name Meaning

metonymic occupational name for a maker of garlands or chaplets, perhaps also a habitational name from a house sign. The word is first attested in the 14th century, from Old French, and appears to be of Germanic origin. habitational name from a minor place, such as Garland in Chulmleigh, Devon, named from Old English gara ‘triangular piece of land’ (see Gore) + land ‘cultivated land’, ‘estate’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Marland, Harland, Darland, Calland, Norland, Varland, Mayland

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Where is the Garland family from?

You can see how Garland families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Garland family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Garland families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 98 Garland families living in New Hampshire. This was about 25% of all the recorded Garland's in the USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Garland families in 1840.
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What did your Garland ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Garland. 19% of Garland men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Garland women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Garland were Carpenter and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Garland. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 32,000 military records available for the last name Garland. For the veterans among your Garland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Garland lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Garland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Garland in 1943 was 52, and 71 in 2004.

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