Origin of the surname
Gardner is a surname of English, Scottish or Irish origin. Some sources claim that it is an occupational surname that comes from the word "gardener." It would have been an occupational name that reflected the status of the head gardner of a noble or even royal house. Derived from the Northern French word "gardin" and introduced into the British Isles after the Norman Invasion of 1066. This word was itself a diminutive of the pre 7th century Germanic word "gard", meaning an enclosure. The function of the "gardiniere" in medieval times was a very important one. He was responsible for the kitchen garden, which provided almost the only source of fresh food and herbs, and hence played a critical part in maintaining the health of the household. The use of the word "gardener" refers to one who tends ornamental lawns and flower beds, and is a later application.

Other sources claim that the name derives from the Saxon words gar, meaning "a weapon", and dyn' meaning "sound or alarm". When combined with the termination "er" we get the name Gair-den-er,” meaning a warrior or one who bears arms.

Early variants included Gardyner, Gardener, Gardenar, Gardinier, Gardiner, and Gardner; the last two are the most common today." Spelling variations include: Gardiner, Gardner, and others.

In the UK the surname was first in Oxfordshire where they were seated from very early times. Early records show William le Gardinier in County Rutland in 1199; William Gardin at Huntingdon in 1218; John atte Gardyne in Sussex in 1296; and Walter le Gardiner in London in 1292.

George Gardner arrived in Australia on 25 Feb 1836 as a convict aged about 23 years old aboard Recovery. He married Mary Grimes at Capertee (NSW) on 14 Feb 1846. They lived their lives in the Central West of NSW. George died at Coonamble in 1890 and is buried in Coonamble cemetery.

Gardner ancestors
Our more recent Gardner ancestors include:

Gardner clan

Our Gardner clan descends from George Gardner (1813-1890).
George Gardner's descendants
George Gardner
(c __/__/1813 - 25/09/1890)
Mary Jane Grimes
(c __/__/1826 - 14/02/1846 - c __/__/1911)
Attwood Charles Gardner
(24/12/1862 - 01/05/1937)
Frances Kemp
(07/07/1859 - 08/11/1884 - 10/05/1943)
Attwood Charles Gardner
(28/03/1886 - a 01/05/1937)
Bridget Roche
Bertha Ada Gardner
(04/11/1887 - a 01/05/1937)
John Bowman
Emma Mary Gardner
(12/06/1890 - a 01/05/1937)
Ernest Boatswain
Amy Laura Emily Gardner
(12/03/1892 - 23/09/1952)
James Jolliffe
(01/01/1883 - 26/09/1909 - 04/01/1969)
Stella Jolliffe
(01/05/1910 - 07/04/2007)
Reginald Angus Fleming
(11/09/1908 - 31/01/1929 - 22/05/1984)
Reginald Bruce Fleming
(07/09/1929 - 15/08/2016)
Halvene Therese Kessey
(06/02/1934 - 01/03/1955 - 06/10/2005)
James Ballantyne Fleming
Elena McGilvray
Johannes Willemsen
(c __/__/1917 - 18/12/1944 - 16/03/1945)
Jacques Pelissot
(c __/__/1915 - 09/11/1949 - 03/11/1984)
Georges Alain Jacques Pelissot
Beatrice Marie Josephe Doelsch
Merle Jolliffe
(16/04/1911 - 28/06/2014)
Leo Claude Robinson
(20/02/1909 - 16/06/1937)
William John Robinson
Ruth Dunne
Isobel Jolliffe
(20/08/1913 - 03/09/2011)
Fred Carmen
(26/09/1907 - 07/10/1933 - c __/__/1991)
John Frederick Carmen
Theresa King
Carole Ann Carmen
Francis Montague
Michael James Carmen
Patricia (?)
Dianne Carmen
Terrence J Mooney
Richard Carmen
(23/02/1947 - 29/10/1977)
Carmel Collis
David Carmen
Elyse Wergs
Wilfred James Jolliffe
(22/06/1915 - c __/__/1992)
Joyce Whittle
James Jolliffe
Sylvia Jolliffe
Marjorie Jolliffe
Charles Hagan
Unnamed twin son2 Jolliffe
(c __/__/1917 - c __/__/1917)
Unnamed twin son1 Jolliffe
(c __/__/1917 - c __/__/1917)
Brian Attwood Jolliffe
(10/08/1924 - 20/01/2013)
Gwen Hamilton
Terrence Brian Jolliffe
Jo (?)
Judith Ann Jolliffe
Malcolm Woods
Andrew James Jolliffe
Clarinda May Gardner
(03/06/1893 - a 01/05/1937)
Jack Dwyer
Vida Robina Gardner
(09/12/1895 - 24/03/1967)
Leo Finucane
Mary Finucane
Verna Finucane
Olga Finucane
Reginald Finucane
(c __/__/1922 - 23/02/1923)
Stella Finucane
John Finucane
James Finucane
Anthony Finucane
(c __/__/1928 - 08/08/1929)
Josephine Finucane
Peter Finucane
Paul Finucane
Richard Finucane
Robert Finucane
Georgina Jane Gardner
(14/03/1897 - a 01/05/1937)
William Ingram
Nora Olive Lavina Gardner
(26/01/1900 - a 01/05/1937)
Roy John Ingram
Audrey Ingram
Roy John Ingram
Norman Alan William Gordon
Fiona Tully
Daisy Gardner
(a __/__/1902 - )
Albert Roberts
Albert George William Gardner
(28/01/1902 - b 01/05/1937)