... have you got any ideas about the origins of names like Gary
? I'd always gone the Arthurian route, and assumed that the various versions were just the way things historically happen; then I read a brief remark in the course of something else, which suggested that certainly in the case of Garrett
and probably of Gary
, they might have originated from German
traders, miners or whatever - in other words, that they are forms of Gerhard
My feeling is that it's more likely to have happened the other way round - that a new German
neighbour in Wales three hundred years ago might say his name was Gerhard
till he got a sore throat, but his new friends would hear it as Gareth
or whatever and call him that.
And if anyone has any information,it'll be you, for sure!
Allt he best