Meaning and name origin
Gardner \g(a)-rd-ner, gar-dner\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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 not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#164 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gardner for boys. Gardner reached its highest rank of #937 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Garner. Like Gardner, this name is not commonly used.