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

Gardner Family History

Gardner Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name from Middle English gardener ‘gardener’ Old French gardinier jardinier. Americanized form (translation into English) of German Gärtner or Gartner and French Desjardins .

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

Similar surnames: Garner, Gardener, Gartner, Warner, Gordner, Gardiner, Gertner

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 Gardner family from?

You can see how Gardner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gardner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gardner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 3,238 Gardner families living in London. This was about 17% of all the recorded Gardner's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Gardner families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gardner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gardner ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Gardner. 7% of Gardner men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Gardner women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gardner were Bricklayer and Housewife. .

View Census Data for Gardner | 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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Housewife
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Gardner family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Gardner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gardner census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search Australian census records for Gardner

Passenger Lists

There are 100,000 immigration records available for the last name Gardner. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Gardner immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 172,000 military records available for the last name Gardner. For the veterans among your Gardner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Gardner military records

You've only scratched the surface of Gardner family history

Discover More

What is the average Gardner lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gardner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Gardner in 1940 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gardner

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Gardner family tree

Explore Your Tree

Browse profiles of historical people with the Gardner last name

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