The meaning of the name Gardner is "Gardener". The origin of the name Gardner is English.
Gardner is a surname of English, Scottish or Irish origin. Some sources say it 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 gives the name "Gair-den-er", which means "a warrior", "one who bears arms".[unreliable source?] Early variants included Gardyner, Gardener, Gardenar, Gardinier, Gardiner, and Gardner; the last two are the most common today.