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Probably from an alteration of French guirlande ("garland"), which suggests that the name may have originated as an occupational surname for someone who makes and sells garlands.


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  1. An American surname.
    • 1905, Edgar Harvey Defebaugh, Barrel and Box and Packages, volume 10, page 50:
      Mr. Guirl is a native of Indiana, and his partner, Mr. H. A. Daggett, who was born in Maine, joined him at Clay City about six years ago.
    • 1969, Cactus and Succulent Journal of Great Britain
      The rosette for the best succulent went to Mrs. H. Guirl for her Gibbaeum heathii, a splendid plant with some 20 heads.

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