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Quick Facts on Garrett

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • French, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 227
Simple meaning:
Brave with a spear; rule with a spear

Characteristics of Garrett

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Garrett

Garrett is the transferred use of a surname with Germanic and French origins. It is derived from the ancient personal names Gerard and Gerald which were developed in the Dark Ages. Both given names start with the element “gari”’ which means ‘spear’ while the different name suffixes, i.e., Gerard comes from “hard” (meaning ‘brave’) and Gerald comes from “wald” ( meaning ‘rule’). The Dark Ages were characterized by a cultural and economic deterioration following the decline of the Roman Empire. Times were tough and personal names reflected a sense of robustness – such as ‘brave with the spear’ or ‘rule with a spear’ in the case of Gerard and Gerald, respectively. As a result, these names were quite popular which ensured their survival up to (and beyond) the introduction of surnames. Gerard and Gerald are two personal names that would develop into over 200 surnames, Garrett being one of them.

Popularity of the Name Garrett

The name Garrett has been in constant use in America for well over a century. During the first half of the 20th century, the name was not popular by any means, in fact, it was used sparingly. However, by the 1960s the name began to show some life and would climb about 500 spots on the charts in the next 30 years. The year 1990 marks the first time Garrett achieved a position on the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy names. It’s time on that list would be short-lived however. It fell off in 2003 and has been slowly going backwards on the charts. It’s still a Top 200 favorite. They do love this name in Wyoming and Montana, however. It’s ranked 85th in Wyoming and 91st in Montana (based off 2011 data). We have to admit, there is a certain ruggedness to this name that must appeal to these wide open, lightly populated western frontier states. Garrett sounds like a man’s man. The brave carrier of a spear.
Popularity of the Boy Name Garrett
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Garrett

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Garrett

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Garrett

    Garrett We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Garrett.

  • Popular Songs on Garrett

    Popular Songs on Garrett

    Garrett - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Garrett.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Garrett

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Garrett

    Garrett (Ruth A. Benscoter) - Garrett Hess is the prototype of what turn-of-the-century America was built on - hard work and strong moral and religious values. Life was a journey and I enjoyed the ride. Brave words from a man for whom the ride was not always smooth. Indeed, Garrett's ride covers a life of back-breaking work - from lumbering and working in a sawmill and a tannery to working the land he loved so much. In the process, he nurtures his family and wins friends. And this is his legacy to his great-grandson, to whom this book is dedicated. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Garrett the Firefighter (Joseph Louis Garces III) - Garrett the Firefighter is a wonderful story about one eventful night at the fire station experienced through the eyes of a little boy, Garrett, and his faithful fire dog, Flip-Over. Follow Garrett and Flip-Over as they respond to fires, save kitties stuck in trees, and become the heroes of their little town. Based on the real life experiences of author and professional firefighter, Joe Garces, Garrett the Firefighter colorfully portrays the childhood fantasy of growing up to be a real live firefighter. Originally a song the author would sing to his firefighter-loving oldest son each night before bed, Garrett the Firefighter combines catchy lyrics with the beautiful and whimsical watercolors of illustrator, Bethaney Abercrombie, in a delightful adventure children are bound to enjoy. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ride the Giant Waves with Garrett McNamara (Carol Parenzan Smalley) - Garrett McNamara, or G-Mac, dreams of being the first to ride a 100-foot wave. As the current tow-in surfing champion of the world, the Hawaiian surfer trains daily, pushing his body to its limit as he prepares for gnarly waves, crashing surf, breath-taking plunges, and adrenaline-rushing rides. Garrett knows no limits. Injured multiple times, he has been towed onto and released into giant waves by skidoos and even a helicopter. He has starred in an IMAX film called Big Wave Hunters about his extreme adventures, and he has worked on creating an extreme surfing reality television show. In this authorized biography with eye-popping photographs, Garrett shares his passion with young readers. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Garrett

    Famous People Named Garrett

    Famous People Named Garrett - Garrett the Great, 8th Earl of Kildare (Irish nobleman); Garret FitzGerald (former Taoiseach of Ireland); Garrett Hedlund (actor); Garrett A. Morgan (African-American inventor; invented the gas mask and the traffic signal); Garrett Morris (SNL cast member); Garrett Wang (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Garrett

    Children of Famous People Named Garrett

    Famous People who Named their Son Garrett - Bo Jackson (baseball/football player)

  • Historic Figures

    Garrett - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Garrett - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Garrett.

Personality of the Boy Name Garrett

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Garrett

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