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Garrett Name Meaning

English: from either of two Germanic personal names introduced to Britain by the Normans: Gerard, composed of the elements gar, ger ‘spear’, ‘lance’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’; and Gerald, composed of the elements gar, ger ‘spear’, ‘lance’ + wald ‘rule’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Garbett, Garret, Garrels, Garnett, Parrett, Barrett, Errett, Jarrett

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Where is the Garrett family from?

You can see how Garrett families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Garrett family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Garrett families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,395 Garrett families living in London. This was about 20% of all the recorded Garrett's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Garrett families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Garrett surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Garrett 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 Garrett. 9% of Garrett men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Garrett women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Garrett were Incapacitated and Private Means. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    9%
  • Builders Labourer
    4%
  • Gardener
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    69%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Private Means
    2%
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Census Records

There are 480,000 census records available for the last name Garrett. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Garrett 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 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Garrett. 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.

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Draft Cards

There are 92,000 military records available for the last name Garrett. For the veterans among your Garrett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Garrett lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Garrett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Garrett in 1940 was 35, and 72 in 2004.

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