The English surname Garner is derived from the Anglo-Norman French word gerner meaning “granary” (Old French grenier, from Late Latin granarium, a derivative of granum ‘grain’). It may have been a topographic name for someone who lived near a barn or granary, or a metonymic occupational name for someone in charge of the stores kept in a granary. The name is first recorded The first recorded in 1272 where Geoffrey Gerner is registered in the "Feet of Fines of Essex." The Coat of Arms most associated with the family depicts a silver sword in bend sinister, point downwards, between a silver fleur-de-lis in chief and an oak branch acorned silver in base, all on an azure (blue) shield.
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