Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Irish or Scottish : reduced form of McGarr.
  • Altered form of German Gorr, from a short form of the personal name Gregor, Latin Gregorius (see Gregory).
  • Possibly an altered spelling of German Garre, a nickname for someone with a croaky voice, from a derivative of Middle High German, Middle Low German garren ‘to whistle’, ‘to groan’.
  • Alternatively, a metonymic occupational name for a cartwright, from Middle High German garre, karre ‘cart’.

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