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Garner Name Meaning

English: from Anglo-Norman French gerner ‘granary’ (Old French grenier, from Late Latin granarium, a derivative of granum ‘grain’). It may have been a topographic name for someone who lived near a barn or granary, or a metonymic occupational name for someone in charge of the stores kept in a granary. English: variant of Warner 1, from a central Old French form. English: reduced form of Gardener. South German: from an agent derivative of Middle High German garn ‘thread’; by extension, an occupational name for a fisherman. Altered spelling of Gerner.

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


Similar surnames: Garber, Karner, Marner, Gartner, Barner, Warner, Lardner, Galler

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Where is the Garner family from?

You can see how Garner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Garner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Garner families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 86 Garner families living in North Carolina. This was about 12% of all the recorded Garner's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Garner families in 1840.
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What did your Garner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Garner. 21% of Garner men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Garner women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Garner were Farming and Cook.

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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

  • Farmer
    21%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Farming
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Cook
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Garner. 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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Draft Cards

There are 66,000 military records available for the last name Garner. For the veterans among your Garner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Garner lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Garner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Garner in 1940 was 26, and 73 in 2004.

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