History of your Surname
Get access to Garnett family records.Start a free trial

Garnett Family History

Garnett Name Meaning

English (Lancashire Westmorland and Yorkshire): from a shortened form of the Old French personal name G(u)erinot a diminutive of G(u)erin a Central or Parisian Old French form of Werin or Warin (see Warren ). The development to Garnett is from the common late Middle English lowering of e to a before r + consonant.

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

Similar surnames: Arnett, Carnett, Garret, Barrett, Gurnett, Barnett, Garner, Gunnett

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Garnett family from?

You can see how Garnett families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Garnett family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Garnett families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 97 Garnett families living in Ontario. This was about 37% of all the recorded Garnett's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Garnett families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Garnett surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Garnett ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Garnett. 39% of Garnett men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Garnett women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Garnett were Carpenter and Income. .

View Census Data for Garnett | Data not to scale

*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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Operator
  • Stenographer
  • Income
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Garnett family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 122,000 census records available for the last name Garnett. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Garnett census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search Canadian census records for Garnett

Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Garnett. 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.

View all Garnett immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Garnett. For the veterans among your Garnett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Garnett military records

You've only scratched the surface of Garnett family history

Discover More

What is the average Garnett lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Garnett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Garnett in 1948 was 54, and 69 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Garnett

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Garnett family tree

Explore Your Tree

Browse profiles of historical people with the Garnett last name

Search for another surname
Enter last name/surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial