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What does Garrison mean?

Garrison Pronunciation of Garrison [gar-ri-son] as a boys' name is pronounced GARE-a-son. It is of Middle English origin, and the meaning of Garrison is "protection, spear-fortified stronghold". Originally a local name from Garriston in North Yorkshire, England. May also be derived for the son of a father named Garret. It is now sometimes given to the sons of fathers named Gary or Garry. Humorist, writer, and radio personality Garrison Keillor; football player Garrison Hearst.

Associated with: protection (defender), spear (warrior), england.


Garrison has 1 variant: Garrisson.

Related boy name: Garson.

5 more alternative forms via Garret, Garry, Gary: Garretson, Garrie, Garrith, Garritt and Garrot.

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Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Garrison?

Garrison is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent last name for all people (#611 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Garrison entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its top rank of #566 in the U.S. in 1999, and is currently at #1042. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Garrison (#1042 the previous year) listed in the Top 2000 are Garret, Garry and Gary (#582 the previous year). Other variants, like Garrith, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Garrison reached its most widespread 7 decades ago (average #837) and has become significantly lower since, with forms like Garret becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Garrison, Garret, Garry, Gary in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Aarron, Barron, Barrton, Carlson, Carlsson, Carson, Corridon, Darion, Darrian, Darrien, Darrin, Darrion, Darron, Davison, Farrimond, Farrin, Farris, Farrish, Farron, Gabrian, Garin, Garion, Garlin, Garmin, Garmon, Garon, Garran, Garren, Garrick, Garrin, Garrman (see Garman), Garron, Garton, Garvin, Garwin, Gavrilo, Gershon, Gerson, Gorrin, Grayson, Greyson, Gurion, Harris, Harrison, Harriss, Harrisson, Jaimison, Jaison, Jamison, Jarrin, Jarron, Karlson, Karlsson, Karson, Larrin, Larron, Larson, Larsson, Lauriston, Maddison, Madison, Marion, Marmion, Marrinor (see Marriner), Morrison, Morrisson, Narciso, Parris, Parrish, Parriss, Parson, Pattison, Tarrin, Tarron and Warrin. These names tend to be more commonly used than Garrison.

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