Re: Poll: Is Geren of German- French origin?
Reliable documentation traces the Geren (GUERIN) line back to Thomas Guerin who came to Charleston SC about 1690 from St Nazaire, Saintogne, France. Thomas was the son of Pierre deGuerin. Of course it is purely academic, but if you trace the line further back it is believed that the name derived from 'Warrin' or something similiar and was associated with vassals of Charlemagne. Thus it could be said that it is both French and German. If you have any furhter information, there are many Gerons, Gerrons, Gerens, Guerins, Garrens, Guerrants, etc who would be interested.