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GARDNER, the original spelling

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Re: GARDNER, the original spelling

Posted: 14 Nov 2009 10:03AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: GARDNER
The name seems to have two meanings, both having to do with protecting enclosures.

A gardener wasn't and isn't really someone who did flowerbeds or anything. It was a landscaper, just like today. A gardener was a specialist at his trade, he built ditches during war, cut vines on castles, and worked for nobility and lords.

It is driving me crazy trying to figure out the meaning. The first to bear the surname was probably our ancestor, Sir Osborne GARDNER, the Knight who invaded during the Norman Conquest. I believe the name was spelled GARDYNYR.

I'd love to speak to a linguist who really knows the variety of things a 'gardinier' could have been.

Your right about the different spellings.

I've kind of made my mind up that the name comes from the French word, 'garder', which means to protect.

I've read that Sir Osborne GARDNER saved the life of the King by killing an assassin. Gardner must have been a bodyguard for the King. Another interesting thing is that Gardner was about 60 years old when he was fighting in the Crusades.

My email address is and I have plenty of information on my Gardner family. You could tell me more about yours if you like. I've just placed mine together.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
CoreyGardner5... 13 Nov 2009 7:45PM GMT 
roseterry_1 14 Nov 2009 3:59PM GMT 
CoreyGardner5... 14 Nov 2009 5:03PM GMT 
bobgardner58 20 May 2012 12:59AM GMT 
Little_Mauric... 20 May 2012 9:59PM GMT 
CoreyGardner5... 10 Nov 2012 6:52PM GMT 
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