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What does Garner mean?

Garner [gar-ner] as a boys' name is of Old French and Latin origin, and the meaning of Garner is "to gather grain".

Surname that was originally an occupational name denoting someone who lived near a granary, or who helped harvest grain. The nme derives from Old French gernier, from Latin grānārium, a derivative of grānum "grain, corn". Actor James Garner.

Associated with: surname, occupational, corn (tree).


Garner has 2 variants: Garnar and Garnier.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Graner, Grayner, ..

(female) Garger, Garne, ..

How popular is Garner?

Garner is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#403 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name statistics of Garner for boys. Garner reached its top position of #1197 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Garner name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Garner outside U.S.

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Banner, Barber, Barker, Barnes, Barnet, Barney, Carne, Carney, Carter, Carver, Darnel, Dayner, Farmer, Farrer, Gaer, Gaine, Gainer, Gaines, Gainor, Gannet, Gardener, Gardiner, Gardnar, Gardner, Gared, Garek, Garen, Garey, Garlen, Garmen, Garnet, Garnett, Garpar (see Gaspard), Garred, Garren, Garret, Garrey, Garve, Garven, Garvey, Garwen, Gasper, Gayler, Gayne, Gayner, Gaynes, Gaynor, Greer, Gunner, Harper, Karney, Mariner, Marmer, Parker, Parnel, Rainer, Rayner, Tanner, Turner, Verner, Wagner, Warner and Werner. These names tend to be more commonly used than Garner.