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Gard Surname Meaning

English (southern): occupational name from Middle English gard(e) guard(e) ‘care custody protection’ (Old French garde ‘guard watchman’) for a member of a town watch or troop of guards. Norwegian (also Gård): habitational name from any of the two farmsteads so named in Rogaland from Old Norse garthr ‘farm’. Swedish (Gård): topographic or ornamental name from gård ‘farm’. French: metonymic occupational name for a gardener or status name for someone who owned garden from Old French gard ‘garden’. Compare Dugard Gardin and Legard . German: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name such as Gardulf based on the Old Saxon element gard ‘enclosure farm’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Garde, Bard, Hard, Agard, Ward, Gadd, Mars, Lard, Card, Garr

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Where is the Gard family from?

You can see how Gard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gard families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 68 Gard families living in Ontario. This was about 36% of all the recorded Gard's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gard families in 1911.
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What did your Gard ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Gard. 50% of Gard men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Gard women worked as a Student. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Printer
  • Laborer
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Student
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Census Records

There are 45,000 census records available for the last name Gard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gard census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Gard. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Gard. For the veterans among your Gard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gard lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Gard in 1940 was 31, and 75 in 2004.

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