Origin of the Name Garland
The ancient history of the name Garland
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Garland
include Gernon and Gartland. This name is from the old French word 'grenon', meaning 'moustache'. This Gaelic sept was from County Meath.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
Gernon was the original form of this name but in modern times Garland and Gartland are more numerous. These families arrived with the Anglo-Norman invasion in the year 1172 and descend from Roger le Gernon who accompanied Strongbow. Their territory was Gernonstown, County Meath and Killincoole Castle, County Louth. The main location nowadays of the name is around Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, near Louth and Meath. The Gernons of Bordeaux are descended from Christopher Gernon of Drogheda.
The Garland coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Garland descendants.