Members: This a Surname Project for Y-DNA kits (males). Members should share Gardner and similar forms as last name or as proven/suspected paternal line ancestor. Please read Project FAQ. Kits with Y-DNA information that have no match and no Gardner as Most Distant Paternal Ancestor will be grouped under "No Y-DNA matches and no paternal line ancestor Gardner. Probably related.". Other kits (mtDNA, Family Finder) can join, but will also obtain no additional information from the membership. Please look also: Goals, News, Results, Help/Glossary
Main Surname variants and suspected origin in Europe:
- Gardner: England (focus on South West, West Midlands, North West, North).
- Garner: eastern England (East Anglia, East Midlands).
- Gardiner: Scotland and Northern Ireland.
- Garnder: southwestern and northwestern England.
- Gardinor: Wales and northwest England.
- Gardener: England (focus on South West) and Tyrol (Austria/Italy).
- Gartner: Eastern Austria, Slovenia and Tyrol (Austria/Italy). Variants: Gärtner, Gaertner.
- Baumgartner: Austria and Switzerland, small parts of Southern Germany and some parts of modern Eastern France and modern North Italy (South Tyrol). Anglicised variants: Baumgaertner, Baumgardner, Bomgardner, Bumgardner, Bumgarner. It is suggested to join Baumgartner Project.
Grouping: Crucial for the formation of a separate group (see Method) are the following features:
- The presence of one sufficiently accurate profile (e.g. 37 STR-Markers and Deepclade SNP test)
- The participation of sufficient similar profiles in the Gardner Y-DNA project
- The matching male line ancestor information. Please add yours in My Account > Personal Profile > Most Distant Paternal Ancestor. It is suggested to add the name/s, year/s, location/s - e.g. "John Gardner, 1673-1736, London", set the Country of Origin e.g. "England" and the Location coordinates.
Please mind that you should see your nearest matches under myFTDNA > Y-DNA > Matches. There you probably can find the contact informations of every member of your group (cluster).
The group header when possible describes the SNPs characterizing the group and provides guidance on how further information can be determined. When a group member has many STR markers and/or SNPs tested, this information will benefit the other group members.
How to order single SNPs:
- Login to FTDNA (MyFTDNA) > Order an Upgrade > Order an Advanced Test > Select Filter Test Type SNP
- Search for recommended SNP (e.g. Lxyz) and Add it to the cart. Repeat the last step for additional SNPs.
- Make your order clicking on Next, etc.
Please join also other interesting Y-DNA Projects with your kit.
Haplogroup projects are good to see near matches (if you have more then 30 STR-Markers and/or SNPs tested) and to get expert advise on SNP subclades.
Major Haplogroup projects: E1b1b1 (M35+), G, I1 (M253+), I2b1 (M223+), J (J1+J2 M304+), R1a1a (M198+), R1b (P312+), R1b (U106+)
Geographical Projects (see also WF, C): British Isles DNA (4015), Ireland Y-DNA (4604), French Heritage DNA (1682), Benelux Y-DNA (301), Netherlands Y-DNA (130), Denmark DNA (330), German Language Area DNA (1841), Scandinavian Y-DNA (585), Norway DNA (429), Sweden DNA (272), Polish DNA (2059),
About Gardner (Wikipedia): Some sources claim that Gardner is an occupational surname that comes from the word "gardener." Other sources claim that it is derived from the Saxon words gar, meaning "a weapon", and dyn' meaning "sound or alarm", combined with the termination "er." Early variants included Gardyner, Gardener, Gardenar, Gardinier, Gardiner, and Gardner; the last two are the most common today.
Surname Origins: First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat from very early times. Early records show William le Gardinier in county Rutland in 1199; William Gardin, listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Huntingdon in 1218, John atte Gardyne, listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296; and Walter le Gardiner listed in the Subsidy Rolls for London in 1292.  By the end of the sixteenth century families of the name were to befound in the counties of Wilts, Essex, Oxford, Devon, Somerset, Gloucester,Dorset, Lancaster and London, in England and also in Scotland and Ireland. 
Links/Sources/Credits: Edwin L. Gardner Jr. : Gardners and their name, Gardner/Garner Family (US-NC)
German Variants: Gartner, Gärtner, Baumgartner (Baum = tree).
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