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Re: Garrard family in Virginia and Kentucky
Posted by: Terry L. Garrard Date: November 19, 2001 at 09:23:49
In Reply to: Garrard family in Virginia and Kentucky by ginger harvey of 588

I'm sorry I don't have any additional information about your Elizabeth Washington(?) but I think I can help you where the name Garrett versus Garrard is concerned. After much scrutiny and frustration, I finally found my own great-grandfather listed in census records as a Garrett rather than a Garrard. I believe the confusion is caused by the pronunciation of the name. Traditionally, Garrard is pronounced "Gair-id." When it is said quickly, or with a slight accent, it sounds more like Garrett than Garrard. Somewhere in my paternal grandparents' generation, my branch of the family switched to the "Juh-rard" pronunciation which is sort of an Americanization of the french sounding variant, Girard. I don't really understand either of these pronunciations in terms of an English ancestry. I have been fortunate enough to have spent a couple of years in England, where the name is well known because of Garrard Jewelers, keepers of the crown jewels since the mid-1700s. The English pronounce the name part one way and part the other. They say, "Gair-rard!" What's the correct pronunciation? Your guess is as good as mine. The only thing I'm sure of is that, if your surname is GARRARD or something close to it, we're probably cousins in one way or another!


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