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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Swedish : soldier’s name from granat ‘grenade’, ‘shell’.
  • Polish and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) : from granat meaning ‘pomegranate’ in Polish and ‘garnet’ in Yiddish; a nickname in Poish and an ornamental name in Yiddish.
  • Southern French : from Old French granat, originally ‘pomegranate’, later ‘garnet’ and hence a metonymic occupational name for a jeweler or dealer in semi-precious stones.
  • French : from the past participle of granar ‘to provide with seeds’; an indirect occupational name for a prosperous farmer.

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