Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Gardiner Name
The English surname has its origins in the medieval French word “gardin” which translates to small clearing or garden, as such, it was usually a name applied to a person who was a gardener or lived near a garden. The name is thought to have migrated to the British Isles after the Norman Invasion in 1066.
The first recording of the surname, William le Gardiner appears in the Rutland tax records dated 1199. These rolls, were a series of census and tax records kept by the English Treasury by order of King John, with the oldest dating back to the 12th century. They hold the distinction of being the oldest consecutive set of records detailing English governance in the United Kingdom. These records span a period of over 700 years
Surnames in Europe prior to the late 16th century were largely unheard of. In the small settlements and villages which existed during earlier times, residents found little need for surnames as everyone in these communities new each other and a given name would usually suffice. However, with the passage of time, population growth and expansions of communities as villages gave way to towns and cities, it became necessary to add a qualifier to a people’s names to distinguish them, one from another. Therefore one person may have been identified by their given name plus their occupation while another may have been identified by their given name and one of their parent’s names. The introduction of surnames by the aristocracy seemed to be the next logical step in this evolution. There was a endless supply from which surnames could be formed, in addition to the use of patriarchal/matriarchal names or reference to the individuals occupation, there were things such as defining physical traits, a familiar geographical location or a topographical landmark found near the individuals home or birthplace, the name of the village in which the person lived, and so much more. Soon, surnames would come not just to represent an individual but whole families.
There often exists variations in spelling of many surnames, as with many given names which date back to the early centuries. The variation in spelling of both given and surnames during this time period can be attributed to a lack of continuity regarding guidelines for spelling which was compounded by the diversity of languages in use in European countries at this time. The variations in the spelling of the surname include but not limited to; Gardiner; Gartner; Gartnor; Gardnor; and Gardner among others.
The use of surnames aside from making the distinction between individuals with common first names also allowed for the government to have a more accurate method of record keeping for taxes, censuses, and immigration which greatly increased with the discovery of America and the addition of countries to the British Commonwealth such as; Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
One of the first recorded immigrants to America bearing the surname or any variation of the spelling was Christopher Gardiner who arrived in 1630 and settled in New England and Lyon Gardiner landed and settled in Saybrook, Long Island in 1635.
There were also many immigrants to the British Commonwealth countries of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand bearing the surname. Edward Gardiner landed in 1784 and settled in Saint John, New Brunswick. Thomas Gardiner landed in 1821 and settled in New South Wales, Australia. William Gardiner landed in 1840 and settled in Bay of Islands.
Worldwide, the highest concentration of people with the surname Gardiner are found in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada. By state, the largest percentile of those with the surname Gardiner live in Maine, Connecticut, Maryland, Idaho, and Utah.
There are many persons of note who bear the surname such as British born politician and journalist, Sir George Arthur Gardiner.
British born Member of Parliament and Lord High Chancellor of Great Britian, Gerald Gardiner, Baron Gardiner.
British born conductor of classical music, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, CBE(Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Irish born landowner, politician and Member of the Irish Privy Council, Luke Gardiner, 1st Viscount Mountjoy. His son Charles John Gardiner succeeded to his title as the 2nd Viscount Mountjoy, and was also created the Earl of Blessington in the Irish aristocracy. Both titles became extinct upon the death of the Charles John Gardiner in 1829. The 2nd Viscount’s wife Irish born novelist, journalist, and literary hostess, Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington was a leading literary figure of her time, with a friendships with noted poet Lord Byron and French artist Count d’Orsay.
British born, Sir Richard Gardiner who was Lord Mayor of London, Alderman of Walbrook Ward, and Sheriff of the City of London.
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1) (Himbleton, co. Worcester; granted by Cooke, Clarenceux, 1592, to Richard Gardener, Esq., of that place). Ar. a chev. gu. betw. three pomegranates ppr. leaved vert. Crest—Out of a mural crown or, an armed arm embowed ppr. holding in the hand a flagstaff, thereon a split pennon gu. flowing to the sinister, charged with two staves in saltire, fired gold.
2) (Histon, co. Cambridge; Kokesforth, co. Norfolk; and Shrewsbury). Per fesse ar. and sa. a pale counterchanged three griffins' heads erased of the second. Crest—A griffin’s head erased sa.
3) (Berwick-on-Tweed; granted 24 April, 1580). Sa. a chev. erm. betw. three buglehorns ar. stringed or. Crest—On a book sanguine, clasped and garnished or, a falcon volant of the last.
4) (Calais). Or, on a chev. gu. betw. three griffins' heads erased az. two lions pass. respecting each other ar.
5) (Northall, co. Lincoln). Same Arms, the lions gold. Crest—A Turk’s head ppr. turban or and az.
6) Sa. a chev. betw. three half spades ar.
7) (Thomas Gardener, citizen of London. Visit. 1568). Quarterly, gu. and az. in the second and third quarters a griffin segreant or, holding in the dexter claw a ring gemmed of the last, over all on a bend cotised of the last a leopard's face, holding in the mouth a round buckle betw. two fleurs-de-lis gu. Crest—A leopard pass. ar. pellettee, holding in the dexter paw a pine apple or, stalked and leaved vert.
8) (Wallingham and Bishop’s Norton, co. Lincoln). Or, on a chev. gu. betw. three griffins' heads erased az. two lions combatant ar. Crest—A Saracen's head full faced ppr. erased at the neck gu. wreathed about the temples of the last and az. on his head a cap or.
9) (London). Per chev. ar. and purp. in chief three escallops az. in base a griffin's head erased or, on a chief of the second a cross formee betw. two griffins’ heads erased of the first.
10) (Earl of Blessington, extinct 1829). Motto—Nil desperandum. Quarterly, 1st and 4th, or, a fesse chequy ar. and az. betw. three lions pass. sa.; 2nd and 3rd, or, a griffin pass. az. on a chief sa. three pheons’ heads ar. Crest—An eagle's head erased betw. two wings. Supporters—Dexter, a man in complete armour garnished or, on hit cap three feathers, two ar. and one gu.; sinister, a queen in her royal vestments gu. girded az. over all a mantle purp. doubled erm. her feet bare, hair dishevelled, and ducally crowned or.
11) (Bishop of Winchester; Stephen Gardiner, appointed 1531, deprived 1550, restored 1553, d. 1556). Az. on a cross or, betw. four griffins’ heads erased ar. a cinquefoil pierced gu.
12) (Bishop of Lincoln; John Gardiner, appointed 1695, d. 1705). Or, a buck's head cabossed gu. betw. the attires a mullet of the last.
13) (Rev. Robert Barlow Gardiner, M.A., formerly Vicar of Wadhurst, co. Sussex). Same Arms, with a canton az. thereon a mitre of the first, labelled ar. Crest—A stag's head cabossed ppr. betw. the attires a mullet sa. pierced and pendent from a chain or.
14) (cos. Berks and Buckingham). Gu. a chev. betw. three griffins’ heads erased ar. a chief crenellee or. Crest—A griffin's head erased az. charged with three bends or.
15) (Blandford, co. Dorset). Per fesse embattled az. and purp. on a chev. or, betw. three griffins’ heads erased ar. as many escallops sa. Crest—A griffin's head erased bendy of six az. and purp.
16) (Tollesbury, co. Essex). Ar. a griffin segreant sa. Crest—A griffin pass. reguard. sa.
17) (Ivingsbury, co. Herts). Per pale or and gu. a fesse betw. three hinds pass. counterchanged.
18) (Cudsden, co. Oxford; Sir Thomas GaRdiner, Knt., Solicitor-General to Charles I.; d. Oct. 1652). Per pale gu. and or, a fesse betw. three hinds tripping counterchanged.
19) (Thundridgbury, co. Herts). Per pale or and gu. on a fesse betw. three hinds pass, as many lozenges all counterchanged. Crest—Two halberts in pale, enwrapped round by a snake ppr.
20) (London). Per pale or and gu. a fesse betw. three hinds trippant all counterchanged. Crest—A Saracen's head sidefaced ppr. erased at the shoulders gu. wreathed round the temples ar. and of the second.
21) (Wigan, co. Lancaster). Or, on a chev. gu. betw. three griffins’ heads erased az. two lions counter pass, of the field.
22) (London). Same Arms. Crest—A man’s head ppr. thereon a cap gu. turned up ar. crined and bearded sa.
23) (Coombe Lodge, co. Oxford). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, same Arms, for Gardiner; 2nd and 3rd, gu. on a cross or, five mullets sa., for Boddam. Crest—A griffin's head erased. Motto—Deo non fortunae.
24) (Lord Mayor of London, 1478). Purp. on a chev. ar. three escallops az. on a chief embattled of the third a cross potent or, betw. two griffins' heads erased of the second.
25) (London, and Beccles, co. Norfolk). Gu. a chev. betw. three tigers’ heads erased or. Crest—A rhinoceros pass. ar.
26) (certified at the College of Arms, London, May, 1779). Motto—Persevere. Quarterly, 1st and 4th, or, a griffin pass, with wings endorsed az. on a chief sa. three pheons ar.; 2nd and 3rd, gu. a fesse chequy ar. and az. betw. three lions ramp. or. Crest—A griffin’s head or, gorged with a chaplet of laurel vert betw. two wings expanded az.
27) (co. Oxford, 1578). Az. a chev. erm. betw. three griffins' heads erased ar. (another, or). Crest—A stork ppr. Another Crest—A griffin sejant, resting his dexter foot on a book sa.
28) (Richard Gardiner, D.D., and Canon of Christ Church, Oxford, d. 20 Dec. 1670). Sa. a chev. erm. betw. two griffins’ heads erased in chief and a cross formee in base or.
29) (Letherhead, co. Surrey). Sa. a chev. betw. three buglehorns stringed ar. on a pile in chief of the second a covered cup gu. a bordure or, charged with eight pellets. Crest—Out of a ducal coronet or, a goat's head gu. attired gold.
30) (Haling and Peckham, co. Surrey). Az. a griffin pass. or.
31) (temp. Henry VIII.). Per fesse ar. and sa. a pale and three goats’ heads erased all counterchanged.
32) (Reg. Ulster’s Office, to Sir Robert Gabdiner, Chief Justice of the King’s Bench, 1586-1604). Gu. a chev. betw. three heraldic tigers' heads erased or.
33) (Dublin; granted by Carney, Ulster, 1683, to William Gardiner, of that city, merchant). Or, a griffin pass, wings expanded az. on a chief sa. three pheons points down ar. Crest—A griffin’s head couped or, betw. two wings az. gorged with a chaplet vert. Motto—Honor rewards industry.
34) (Madras, 1789). Motto—Omnia superat virtus. Ar. on a fret gu. a rose in every interstice of the second, barbed vert, betw. four hearts or, a bordure az. Crest—Out of a mural crown or, seven battle axes ppr. one in fess and the rest in bend dexter and bend sinister.
35) (King’s Brompton, co. Somerset, High Sheriff of that co. in 1737). Gu. a plain fesse with cotises engr. ar betw. four roses, three in chief and one in base of the last Crest—A stag ppr. the dexter foreleg supporting an scutcheon ar. charged with four lozenges conjoined in fesse gu. betw. two barrulets sa.
36) (Baron Gardner). Motto—Valet anchora virtus. Or, on a chev. gu. betw. three griffins' heads erased, az. an anchor erect betw. two lions guard, counter-pass, of the field. Crest—A demi griffin az. collared and lined, and supporting in the claws an anchor or. Supporters—Two griffins, wings elevated az. beaked, membered, and gorged with a naval coronet or, each resting the interior hind foot on an anchor, with cable sa.
37) (Chatteris House, Isle of Ely, co. Cambridge). Motto—Fide et amore. Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. on a saltire betw. three griffins' heads erased, one in chief, two in fesse sa. and a woolpack in base az. another saltire or, for Gardner; 2nd and 3rd, az. on a chev. or, betw. two boars’ heads erased in chief and a padlock in base ar. a lozenge gu. with two keys chevronwise sa., for Dunn. Crests—1st, Gardner: A griffin’s head erased ar. surmounted by two branches of laurel in saltire ppr.; 2nd, Dunn: Two swords in saltire, the points upwards ppr. pommels and hilts or, tied with a riband vert pendent therefrom a key sa.
38) (Rev. Laurence Gardner, D.D., Sansaw, Shrewsbury). Per fesse ar. and sa. a pale counterchanged three griffins’ heads erased of the second. Crest—A griffin’s head erased sa.
39) (cos. Lincoln and Salop). Same Arms. Crest—An elephant's head erm. eared sa. armed or.
40) (Lord Mayor of London; and of Suffolk). Per fesse or and sa. a pale counterchanged, and three griffins’ heads erased of the second.
41) (Tunbridge Wells, co. Kent). Az. on a chev. betw. three griffins’ heads erased ar. as many martlets sa. Crest—A griffin’s head erased gorged with a mural coronet.
42) (co. Middlesex). Sa. a chev. betw. three buglehorns stringed ar. Crest—A reindeer’s head ar. attired or.
43) (Kirkton, co. Lincoln). Az. a chev. betw. three buglehorns ar.
44) (co. Lincoln, and Wallbearswick, co. Suffolk). Quarterly, ar. and sa. in the 2nd and 3rd quarters a griffin’s head erased or. Crest—An elephant’s head couped erm.
45) (Wallingham and Bishop’s Norton, co. Lincoln). Or, on a chev. gu. betw. three griffins' heads erased az. two lions combatant ar. Crest—A Saracen's head full faced ppr. erased at the neck gu. wreathed about the temples of the last and az. on his head a cap or.
46) (London). Per chev. ar. and purp. in chief three escallops az. in base a griffin's head erased or, on a chief of the second a cross formee betw. two griffins’ heads erased of the first.
47) (co. Worcester). Per chev. az. and gu. on a chev. betw. three lions' heads erased ar. as many escallops sa.
48) (London). Gu. on a bend cotised or, a leopard’s face betw. two fleurs-de-lis of the first.
49) (co. Somerset). Sa. a chev. betw. three spades ar.
50) (Stoke-Ash, co. Suffolk). Ar. on a chev. gu. betw. three griffins' heads erased az. two lions ramp. or.
51) (co. Herts; Richard Gardner, Sergeant-at-Arms to Henry VIII., his brother, William Gardner, of Bermondsey Street, d. 1597; sons of William Gardner, co. Herts. Visit. London). Az. a griffin pass. or. Crest—On a ducal coronet or, a lion pass. guard. ar. (another, a demi unicorn erased ar. crowned and horned or, crined sa.).
52) (Bermondsey, co. Surrey). Same Arms. Crest—A demi unicorn erased or, crined and armed sa. ducally crowned or. Another Crest—On a ducal coronet or, a lion pass. guard. ar.
53) Or, a griffin pass. az. on a chief sa. three pheons ar. Crest—A griffin’s head couped or, gorged with a chaplet vert betw. two wings az.
54) Vert a griffin pass, and a chief or.
55) Az. a griffin pass. or. Crest—A demi unicorn or, maned sa. crowned ar. horned gold.
56) (Ruspar, co. Sussex. Visit. 1634). Az. on a chev. ar. betw. three griffins’ heads erased or, as many martlets sa.
57) Per fesse gu. and ar. six pales wavy counterchanged.
58) Per pale or and gu. on a fesse betw. three hinds two lozenges all counterchanged.
59) Ar. a griffin’s head erased sa.
60) (granted to Robert Panting, Esq., upon his assuming, by royal licence, the name of Gardner). Per fesse ar. and sa. a pale counterchanged three gryphons’ heads erased of the second.
61) Gu. a bend vair double cotised or.
62) (Torwoodhead, co. Stirling). Motto—In virtute et fortuna. Gu. on a fret of four pieces gu. as many hearts az. and in every interstice a rose of the second. Crest—A griffin’s head erased ppr.
63) (Edinburgh, 1784). Motto—Virtute et fortuna. Same Arms, a crescent or, in chief for diff. Crest—A griffin’s head erased ppr. charged with a crescent or.
64) (Beechfield, Croxteth Road, Liverpool, and Fluke Hall, Fleetwood, co. Lancaster; Richard Cardwell Gardner, Esq., J.P., Alderman of Liverpool for 25 years, and Mayor, 1862-3, vi. 1828, the dau. and heiress of John Sykes, Esq., of Fluke Hall, and d. 29 Dec. 1882, leaving John Sykes Gardner, six other sons, and three daus.). Per fesse gu. and or, a pale three griffins' heads erased (two and one) and as many roses (one and two), all counterchanged, an escutcheon of pretence for Sykes, viz., sa. a fountain ppr. betw. three molehills or. Crest—In front of two half spades in saltire a griffin's head erased all ppr. Motto—Animo et fide.