Pronounced Pron. GER-i-sən, GAR-i-sən
Other Forms FormsGarrisson, Garison, Garisson
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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 7/27/2006
Either from the English surname which meant "son of Garrett" or directly from the vocabulary word garrison meaning "fortified stronghold" (from a Germanic root meaning "to defend, protect"). A famous bearer of the surname was American abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879). It is also borne by American humorist and radio personality Gary "Garrison" Keillor (1942-) and former football player Garrison Hearst (1971-).