Early records reveal that this surname originated in England. A so-called “occupational” surname is one which is derived from a man´s trade; however, variations in pronunciation due to the natural process of evolution of the language or a regional dialect often lead to alterations of the original name, as in the case of Werner, which comes from the personal name “Warner”, or Gardner. The etymological origin of the surname Werner can be found in the Germanic words “war (in)” (guard), and “heri” (army). It would be daring, to say the least, to pretend to have found the very first individual who used this surname; entire centuries have passed since that time, no doubt erasing virtually every trace of him to whom we might justly refer as the “original Werner”. However, our investigations have uncovered records of certain people who were possibly among the earliest to bear the name Gardner. The earliest written reference to someone with this surname pertains to a certain William Arnold Gardner , mentioned in a document from the year 1587. Centuries ago, many families displaye…
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