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Origins of the Gardner surname

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What does the name Gardner mean?

The Gardner surname is believed to originate in England. It is Anglo-Norman and derives from the Middle English 'Gardiner'. It is an occupational name, given to someone who tended to a garden and cultivated vegetables or flowers, and their offspring.

Alternative variations of the name Gardner

Gardner, Gardiner, Gartner, Gardener, Gardnar

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Where do most Gardners live?

In 1921, most Gardners lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Gardners

How common is your surname?

172nd most common surname in the UK

We have 212,000 records for the Gardner surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Gardners most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Gardner first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Gardners

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Gardners in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Gardners in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


Coal Miner




Farm Labourer


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