Gardner (surname)

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Gardner is a surname of English, Scottish or Irish origin.[1] Some sources claim that it is an occupational surname that comes from the word "gardener".[2] Other sources[3] claim that it is derived from the Saxon words gar, meaning "a weapon", and dyn' meaning "sound or alarm", combined with the termination "er" gives the name "Gair-den-er", which means "a warrior", "one who bears arms".[4] Early variants included Gardyner, Gardener, Gardenar, Gardinier, Gardiner, and Gardner; the last two are the most common today.[5]

There is a tradition[6] held by some of the descendants of William Gardiner (son of Benoni), son of George of Newport, that William won his Crest at Acre in 1191, by chopping through the shoulder of a Saracen who was about to kill Richard Coeur de Lion or Richard the Lionheart, hence the Saracen's head on the Coat of Arms.

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  2. ^ Baby Name Gardner - Origin and Meaning of Gardner
  3. ^ "GARDINER-GARDNER FAMILY HISTORY". familysearch.org. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 2016-01-23. 
  4. ^ "amilysearch.org". www.amilysearch.org. Retrieved 2016-01-23. 
  5. ^ Origin of the Gardner Surname
  6. ^ "GARDINER-GARDNER FAMILY HISTORY".