Meaning and name origin
Gardner \g(a)-rd-ner, gar-dner\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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 not a popular first name for females but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#164 out of 88799, Top 0%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gardner for girls (2014 statistics).