What does Gardner mean?
Gardner \g(a)-rd-ner, gar-dner\ as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Gardner) is pronounced GARD-ner. It is of Middle English origin, and the meaning of Gardner is "gardener". Occupational name for a keeper of a house or garden, from the word gardin, from Norman French, of Germanic origin. In America, there are two distinguished families: the "blind" Gardners famous for the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum in Boston, and the "sighted" Gardiner family famous for Gardiner's Island on Long Island Sound.
Gardner is a rare given name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#182 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Gardner for boys. Gardner reached its top position of #937 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
A suggested similar baby name is Garner. Like Gardner, this name is not commonly used.