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Garnett Name Meaning

from Old French Guarinot, Warinot, a pet form of the personal name Guarin, Warin, from Germanic wari(n)- ‘protection’, ‘shelter’. possibly a metonymic occupational name for a maker or fitter of garnets, a type of hinge, Middle English garnette, or for a jeweler, from Middle English garnette, gernet ‘garnet’. from a diminutive of Garner 1.

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

Similar surnames: Arnett, Carnett, Garret, Barrett, Gurnett, Barnett, Garner, Gunnett

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Where is the Garnett family from?

You can see how Garnett families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Garnett family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Garnett families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 42 Garnett families living in Kentucky. This was about 31% of all the recorded Garnett's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Garnett families in 1840.
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What did your Garnett ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Garnett. 20% of Garnett men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Garnett women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Garnett were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Garnett. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Garnett. For the veterans among your Garnett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Garnett lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Garnett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Garnett in 1948 was 54, and 69 in 2004.

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