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Giardina Coat of Arms / Giardina Family Crest

Giardina Coat of Arms / Giardina Family Crest

This French and Italian surname of GIARDINA was an occupational name, originally rendered in Old French as GARDIN. The name applied to a cultivator of edible produce in an orchard or kitchen garden, rather than to a tenderer of ornamental lawns and flower-beds. The name has been Anglicized to Gardiner, and has numerous other variants which include GAIRDINER, GARDYNE, JERDIN, GIARDINARO, IARDINO and GARTNER. The name was taken to England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066, and the first of the name in England appears to be a Winfredus de Jardine who flourished before 1153 and witnessed charters by David I to the Abbeys of Kelso and Arbroath. Umfrid de Jardin witnessed a charter by Robert de Bruys to the Abbey of Arbroath c.1178 and as Humphrey del Gardin he witnessed a confirmation of a fishery in Torduf c.1194. Patrick de Gardinas was cleric to the Bishop of Glasgow c.1200 and Sir Humphrey de Gardino witnessed the sale of lands in Annandale in 1245. John Jardin of Applegarth granted a charter of lands to a George Hume in 1476. Later instances of the name include Jean Gerdian who was the servitrix (clerk and attendant) to the Marchioness of Douglas in 1712. Thomas Jardin and Elizabeth Washington were married in 1725 in London and Andrew Gray and Jane Jardine were married at St. George's church, Hanover Square, in the year 1759. Mr Andrew Gerden was a minister in Annendale in 1777 and Sir William Jardine, born in 1800, wrote several works on natural history. When the first immigrants from Europe went to America, the only names current in the new land were Indian names which did not appeal to Europeans vocally, and the Indian names did not influence the surnames or Christian names already possessed by the immigrants. Mostly the immigrant could not read or write and had little or no knowledge as to the proper spelling, and their names suffered at the hands of the government officials. The early town records are full of these mis-spelt names most of which gradually changed back to a more conventional spelling as education progressed. Translation of arms: Gules (red) denoted Military Fortitude and Magnanimity and the mullets (stars) were the ensign of Knightly Rank, common to the Heraldry of all nations. Argent (white) means peace and sincerity.


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