Garland

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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Garland

"Garland" is a name of English origin, and it means "Maker of Garlands". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gar"land
Senses
  1. The crown of a king.(Obs)
  2. A wreath of chaplet made of branches, flowers, or feathers, and sometimes of precious stones, to be worn on the head like a crown; a coronal; a wreath.
  3. The top; the thing most prized.
  4. A book of extracts in prose or poetry; an anthology."They [ballads] began to be collected into little miscellanies under the name of garlands." [Percy.]
  5. [Naut]
    1. A sort of netted bag used by sailors to keep provision in.
    2. A grommet or ring of rope lashed to a spar for convenience in handling.

Etymology: OE. garland gerlond, OF. garlande, F. guirlande; of uncertain origin; cf. OHG. wiara wiera, crown, pure gold, MHG. wieren to adorn

verb Gar"land
To deck with a garland.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes
  2. An anthology of short literary pieces and poems and ballads etc.
  3. A city in northeastern Texas (suburb of Dallas)
  4. United States singer and film actress (1922-1969)
  5. Adorn with bands of flowers or leaves ("They garlanded the statue")
Wiktionary

From Middle English garland, garlaunde, gerland, from Old French garlande, garlaunde, gerlande, guerlande (compare French guirlande), from Frankish *wierlōn, *wieralōn, a frequentative form of Frankish wierōn (“to adorn, bedeck”), from *wiera (“a gold thread”), akin to Old High German wieren (“to adorn”), Old High German wiara (“gold thread”). More at wire.

  1. A wreath, especially one of plaited flowers or leaves, worn on the body or draped as a decoration.
  2. An accolade or mark of honour.
  3. (mining) A metal gutter placed round a mineshaft on the inside, to catch water running down inside the shaft and run it into a drainpipe.
  4. The crown of a monarch.
  5. (dated) A book of extracts in prose or poetry; an anthology.
  6. The top; the thing most prized.
  7. (nautical) A sort of netted bag used by sailors to keep provisions in.
  8. (nautical) A grommet or ring of rope lashed to a spar for convenience in handling.

Notable Persons Named Garland

Garland Jeffreys is a rock, roll, americana (music), reggae, blues, and soul music musician, songwriter, and record producer. He plays Human voice. Garland was born on July 3rd, 1943 in Brooklyn.

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Hank Cochran was a country music singer-songwriter. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He was most active from 1960 to 1960. Hank was given the name Garland Perry Cochran on August 2nd, 1935 in Isola, Mississippi. He left this life on July 15th, 2010.

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Sebastian is a hip hop music rapping and songwriter. He was most active from 1995 to present. Sebastian was given the name Garland Mosley on September 1st, 1977.

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Garland was born on June 14th, 1942.

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Garland Robinette is an artist in the fields of radio personality, news presenter, and visual arts. Garland was born in Boutte, Louisiana, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Garland

Merrick Garland is a Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Chief Judge of theUnited States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Merrick was born on November 13th, 1952 in Chicago.

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Judy Garland was an actress, singer, vaudevillian, and vaudeville. She was most prominent from 1924 to 1969. Judy was given the name Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10th, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States. She left this life on June 22nd, 1969.

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Alex Garland is a novelist, screenwriter, director, and film director. Alex was given the name Alexander Medawar Garland in London, England, United Kingdom.

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Beverly Garland was an actress. She was most prominent from 1950 to 2005. Beverly was given the name Beverly Lucy Fessenden on October 17th, 1926 in Santa Cruz, California, U.S. Beverly is also known as Beverly Campbell. She passed away on December 5th, 2008.

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Red Garland was a jazz, straight-ahead jazz, bebop, and hard bop musician. He was most active from 1940 to 1984. Red was given the name William McKinley Garland, Jr. on May 13th, 1923 in Dallas, Texas, United States. He died on April 23rd, 1984.

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Travis Garland is a pop music, rhythm, blues, and soul music singing, dance, and actor. He plays Piano and Vocals. He has been prominent since 2003. Travis was given the name Travis Michael Garland on July 26th, 1989. Travis is also known as Garland and Travis.

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How popular is the baby name Garland in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 11 0 11
1881 7 0 7
1882 17 0 17
1883 11 0 11
1884 12 0 12
1885 12 0 12
1886 19 0 19
1887 17 0 17
1888 18 0 18
1889 9 0 9
1890 17 0 17
1891 18 0 18
1892 18 0 18
1893 25 0 25
1894 29 0 29
1895 30 0 30
1896 23 0 23
1897 33 6 27
1898 41 7 34
1899 44 0 44
1900 36 0 36
1901 35 5 30
1902 44 5 39
1903 27 0 27
1904 41 0 41
1905 60 0 60
1906 45 0 45
1907 56 0 56
1908 51 0 51
1909 63 6 57
1910 83 9 74
1911 95 8 87
1912 153 8 145
1913 209 16 193
1914 258 6 252
1915 365 22 343
1916 379 14 365
1917 413 17 396
1918 420 18 402
1919 402 23 379
1920 418 15 403
1921 467 12 455
1922 499 21 478
1923 454 20 434
1924 426 13 413
1925 430 25 405
1926 423 10 413
1927 383 9 374
1928 403 18 385
1929 392 6 386
1930 399 8 391
1931 368 6 362
1932 390 7 383
1933 384 8 376
1934 390 13 377
1935 371 10 361
1936 348 6 342
1937 382 9 373
1938 381 8 373
1939 366 10 356
1940 376 10 366
1941 392 11 381
1942 385 8 377
1943 459 12 447
1944 394 17 377
1945 326 10 316
1946 398 11 387
1947 380 11 369
1948 403 14 389
1949 416 15 401
1950 378 8 370
1951 405 11 394
1952 356 14 342
1953 347 13 334
1954 364 8 356
1955 339 11 328
1956 291 0 291
1957 275 6 269
1958 306 6 300
1959 242 6 236
1960 267 8 259
1961 310 12 298
1962 267 12 255
1963 248 7 241
1964 239 10 229
1965 218 5 213
1966 190 0 190
1967 173 5 168
1968 189 0 189
1969 180 7 173
1970 170 5 165
1971 173 9 164
1972 176 7 169
1973 162 9 153
1974 133 0 133
1975 146 0 146
1976 110 6 104
1977 116 0 116
1978 104 6 98
1979 103 0 103
1980 108 5 103
1981 117 7 110
1982 108 9 99
1983 85 0 85
1984 86 0 86
1985 72 8 64
1986 55 0 55
1987 72 0 72
1988 95 6 89
1989 77 0 77
1990 86 10 76
1991 68 5 63
1992 70 0 70
1993 62 5 57
1994 69 0 69
1995 57 7 50
1996 44 0 44
1997 47 0 47
1998 37 7 30
1999 38 0 38
2000 50 10 40
2001 40 0 40
2002 24 0 24
2003 27 0 27
2004 21 0 21
2005 37 11 26
2006 32 6 26
2007 25 0 25
2008 30 5 25
2009 20 0 20
2010 14 0 14
2011 27 6 21
2012 28 5 23
2013 18 0 18
2014 12 0 12
2015 21 0 21
2016 27 5 22

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Popularity of Garland as a first name

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Popularity of Garland as a last name

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Common last names for Garland

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Jackson
  • Miller
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Lewis
  • Harris
  • Martin
  • Wright
  • Thomas

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Garland U.S.
  White 76.85% 64.26%
  African American 17.54% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.53% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.65% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.12% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.30% 16.26%

Of Last Name Garland

People with the last name Garland are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Garland

  • How Popular is the name Garland? Garland is the 1,513th most popular name of all time. As a last name Garland was the 1,309th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Garland have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 24,532 babies born with the first name Garland in the United States. That's more than enough people named Garland to occupy the territory of British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 24,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Garland? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  • When was Garland first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Garland is Tuesday, July 1st, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Garland born? The highest recorded use of the first name Garland was in 1922 with a total of 478 babies.
  • Random Garland Factoid: According to the 1923 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Garland ranks 100th in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, 63 babies in North Carolina have the same name as you in 1923.
  • Weird things about the name Garland: Your name in reverse order is Dnalrag. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dragnla. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Garland? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 26,779 people with the last name Garland.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Garland? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Garland as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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