Garnes Family Genealogy Forum
Nick, your pronunciation is correct as in (GARNZ)Ellis Island aside, We have the most ignamatic name in history.We have no idea as to if we are German, Spanish or other.One story has it that some "Mick" (Irishman) at Elliss Island took our Name (Ganz, a popular German name) and added his interpretation of our accent to mean GARNES like (BARNES). As I am an employee with US Airways, I travel extensivly and see our name in the phone book often and hear it pronounced in various ways. If I go to Mexico, it's pronounced Garnez. If I go to Canada it's Garness. We just have to roll our eyes at they're pronunciation and go about our business. The other story that circulates is that our forfathers were part of the Hession legion that was defeated by Gen.George Washington during his crossing of the Delaware. The story has it that the Legionaires scattered south and west throughout the southern Ohio valley. This seems very logical as the roots of the Garnes family appear to imminate from that area.I Hope I have not made things more confusing than what they already are.
Best regards, Tim Garnes
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