Gerard Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Gerard Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Gerard

The Gerard family history was found in the archives. Meaning 'the son of Gerard', Gerard is a baptismal name. Variants of this name include Garrard, Garratt, Garrett, Garrad, Garritt, Garrod, Garrood, Garrud, Garrott and Garret. This name is of Anglo-Norman descent spreading to Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are a Johannes Gerard, a Thomas Gerard, and a Gyrerd Tolus, who were all recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379. A Thomas Garard was registered in the University of Oxford in the year 1511. In Scotland a John Garrot was admitted Burgess Freeman of Glasgow in the year 1600. In Ireland Gerard, Garritt and Gerald are often variant forms of the names Fitzgarrett and Fitzgerald.
The Gerard 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 Gerard descendants.
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