Meaning and Name Origin
Garth \g(a)-rth, gar-th\ as a boys' name is pronounced garth. It is of Scandinavian origin, and the meaning of Garth is "keeper of the garden". From Old Norse garthr "enclosure" which is the root of the word "garth" for a yard or garden. Occupational and place name used as a given name in the 20th century. It is also often used as a pet form of Gareth. Its popularity in modern times is influenced by the cartoon superhero Garth. Country-western singer Garth Brooks; illustrator Garth Williams.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Garret.
Garth is a somewhat popular first name for men (#795 out of 1220, Top 65%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#6547 out of 88799, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Garth for boys. Garth entered the list in 1910-1919 and reached its apex rank of #567 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Garth and related names. Prominent variation forms of Garth listed in the Top 1000 are Gary (#560 a year ago) and Garret. Adoption of these boy names reached its highest in 1992 and is now much lower, with the versions Gary, Garth and Garret becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)