Meaning and Origin of: Garfield

Boy name origins & meanings

  • English : Promontory

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place, generally from a field name denoting a triangular area, Old English gāra (see Gore) at the corner of an open field after rectangular furlongs had been laid out.
  • Jewish : Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.
  • U.S. President James Abram Garfield (1831–81) was preceded by at least six Garfields born in America, his immigrant ancestor having come to Massachusetts Bay with John Winthrop in 1630.