We’ve done some searching and initially thought there were perhaps less than a hundred Gazards (single ‘z’) in the entire world … but this website proved us wrong with messages from Puerto Rico to Australia.
That said it is still a rare name and we keep striving to find new ways to help people spell our name.
Below you can see just a few of the most common/ best misspellings we’ve received through the mail.
- gizzard (ew!)
To add to the insult, computer spell checkers like to suggest ‘gizzard’ or ‘hazard’ as the correct spelling. In case you’re ever worried you’ll forget… just remember it’s Hazard with a G
So what does ‘Gazard’ mean?
First Meaning: (according to the US based Historical Research Center™)
The surname Gazzard (same as Gazard) is a variant form of the German surname Gassert, which is of locative origin, deriving from a feature, either man made or natural, near which the original bearer of the name once lived or held land. In this instance, the surname Gazzard derives from the Old High German “gazza” meaning “lane, alley”.
Crest: Between two buffalo horns azure and gules, the lion of the arms
Someone who lived in such a Gasse could have been named Gassert. Gassen are usually found within a city and are small roads. Surnames that are deriving from a homonym or from a locative feature form the largest group of surnames not only of Germany.
Blazon of Arms: Per pale azure and or, a lion rampant gulesAlternative Meanings: (supplied by Bill Gazard after reading this site page)
- Locational: ‘one who came from Gascony’ in France from which the name Gascard is derived.
- Baptismal: ‘the son of Gishand’ which is an old Germanic personal name meaning arrow-hand from which we also have the name Gizard
- Occupational: ‘the gooseherd’, or Gozzard
- Baptismal again: ‘the son of Gazand’, which is an old personal name, from which Gaze and Gazo are derived.
So basically we are all German alleys … or wild goose chasers … or just sons of someone else … great news. Anyway, we’re proud of our unique name, and it means finding screen names and even this dot com has caused us no problems. We are also rarely confused with anyone else, because we’re the only Gazard’s that we’ve met. Of course, there are some infamous Gazards:
A list of Germans coming to America indicate one Johann Babtist, a farmer age 23, and one Marie Gassert, age 18. They hailed from the region of Bavaria and sailed on the ship named “R.L. Gillchest” from Havre to New York where it arrived in August of 1856. Research also shows early references in America, one John L. Gassart was mentioned in records of Philadelphia in the year 1834. One Jost Gasserd is mentioned in Philadelphia records for the year 1741.
Historic references for the name Gazzard and its variant forms can be found in documents dating back to the thirteenth century. One family named in Gassen resided in the city of Zurich in the year 1209. One Franco dictus Gassili was a resident of Mainz, as documents for the year 1301. Wernher im Gasslein was a baker and resident of the city of Esslingen in the year 1343. One Hans Schnider Hermanns saligen sun in der Gass was a resident of Langenenslingen, near Sigmaringen in the year 1416. (One Hans Schnider was the son of Hermann at the “Gass”). Clewin Gassmann resided in the town of Waldkirch in 1442. Leonhard Gassel was a preacher and resident of Augsburg in the year 1456.