Meaning and Name Origin
Gardner \g(a)-rd-ner, gar-dner\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Gardner) is of Middle English origin, and the meaning of Gardner is "gardener". Occupational name for the keeper of a house or garden. There were two distinguished American families, the "blind" Gardner family famous for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and the "sighted" Gardiner family famous for Gardiner's Island on Long Island Sound. As a name for girls, it is usually a family name. Poet Gardner McFall.
Gardner is an uncommonly occurring first name for females but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#164 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Gardner for girls. Gardner has not been ranked in the Top 1000 thus far. (2014 Birth Statistics)