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Garret Name Meaning

French: humorous nickname for a man with shapely legs, from jarrett ‘hock’. French: variant spelling of Garet, which has various explanations: from Old French garet ‘shelter’, a derivative of garer ‘to protect’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a herdsman or a topographic name for someone who lived by a covered shelter for animals, or a habitational name for someone from a place named with this word, for example in Allier and Puy-de-Dôme; or alternatively from a pet form of any of the various Germanic personal names beginning with the element geri, gari ‘spear’ or ward ‘guard’, ‘protect’. English: variant spelling of Garrett.

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


Similar surnames: Barre, Garner, Barrett, Carrel, Warren, Garnett, Garr, Farren

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Where is the Garret family from?

You can see how Garret families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Garret family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Garret families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 39 Garret families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 14% of all the recorded Garret's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Garret families in 1840.
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What did your Garret ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Garret. 24% of Garret men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Garret women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Garret were Farm Laborer and Housewife.

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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
    24%
  • Farmer
    22%
  • Farming
    5%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Cook
    10%
  • Maid
    10%
  • Housework
    9%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Garret. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Garret. For the veterans among your Garret ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Garret lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Garret life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1982, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Garret in 1960 was 65, and 62 in 2004.

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