58,068 Garrison members around the world
Stay informed about Garrison Family online & offline events!
See our recent family gatherings
Garrison Family HistoryThis ancient surname is of German and French pre 7th century origins. It derives from either of the popular personal names Gerard or Gerald. "Gerard" comprises the elements "gari" meaning a spear, and "hard" - brave, whilst "Gerald" has the same prefix of "gari", but the suffix is from "wald", meaning to rule.This type of compound name with its echoes of tough living and yet compliance with authority, is very typical of the period in history known as "The dark ages" Later after the 11th century there was a revival in Christian belief, and "names" often became biblical, through association with the crusades.
Who have we missed?
Tell us about any famous Garrison (or surname variant) you think we should add here. We will get our genealogists to check them out and add them to the list. Thanks!
Join the conversation with the Garrison tribe
- Find your Garrison ancestor
- Tell us about your Garrison Family
- Tell us about your Garrison ancestors
- Ask a question about the Garrison history
- Leave a message for Garrison family members
Areas of Origin for Garrison
Invite more Garrison family members!
Write an email address and click 'Invite' to share this page with more members of the Garrison tribe.
Family Coat of Arms Generator
Why not see what your family crest could look like based on your own family characteristics?Create Crest
Show off the Garrison Family Crest…
Wear your crest with pride...plenty of products to choose from