Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Basque : habitational name from a place so named in Navarre, Basque Country, from Basque garde ‘place where wild oats grow’.
  • French : from Old French garde ‘watch’, ‘protection’; an occupational name for someone who kept watch or guard, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a vantage point or watchtower.
  • Swedish (Gård) : variant of Gård (see Gard).
  • Indian (Maharashtra); pronounced as gur-day : Hindu (Brahman) name, found among the Konkanasth Brahmins, probably from Marathi gəṛda ‘belch’.