Meaning of the Name Garrett
Garrett is a popular masculine given name with European origins. After digging into its background, I’ve learned the meaning of the name Garrett and what it represents.
Meaning of the Name Garrett:
Derived from the masculine names Gerard and Gerald, the meaning of the name Garrett is “strong ruler,” hard ruler” or “brave ruler.”
Origins of the Name Garrett
The name Garrett originated in 11th century England where it was derived from the names Gerald and Gerard. Etymologists believe the Normans used these two names as masculine given name prior to this period. During the 11th century, however, the Normans invaded England, introducing the English population to the names Gerald and Gerard.
Once the names Gerald and Gerard were taken to England, they were anglicized to Garrett. Usage of the name Garrett quickly spread throughout England, eventually leading to the creation of other names like Jared and Jarrett.
While most commonly used as a given name in the United States and the United Kingdom, Garrett is used as a surname in many other countries.
Popularity of the Name Garrett
Garrett has consistently ranked as one of the top 1,000 boys’ names in the United States for well over a century. In 1880, it was the 510th most popular boys’ name in the country. In 1900, it was the 421st most popular boys’ name in the United States. By 1920, Garrett had fallen to the 715th most popular boys’ name in the country, though it quickly turned around as more and more parents began naming their newborn sons Garrett.
In 1940, Garrett regained some of its lost popularity, ranking as the 573rd most popular boys’ name in the United States. In 1970, Garrett ranked as the 320th most popular boys’ name in the country. Garrett peaked in 1993 when it ranked as the 79th most popular boys’ name in the United States. As of 2011, Garrett is the 190th most popular boys’ name in the country.
Famous men named Garrett include American football player Garrett Ford, American football player Garrett Dickerson, American singer Garrett Gardener, American playwright Garrett Fort, American musician Garrett Byrnes, American baseball player Garrett Atkins, American politician Garrett Bradley, Canadian hockey player Garrett Festerling, American poet and writer Garrett Caples, Canadian soccer player Garret Caldwell, American diplomat Garret Droppers and American musician Garrett Uhlenbrock.
Popular variants of the name Garrett include Gerrard, Gerald, Garret, Jared, Jaret and Jerrold.