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I presume it's related to 'gaard' in Danish/ Norwegian. Meaning much the same.

You're right, it comes from Old Norse garðr which also could mean 'garden'. Originally it meant something enclosed/fenced. I don't remember who borrowed it from whom, Scandinaves from Slaves or vice versa, but this word is present in Russian as well - gorod 'city, town'. When Vikings started visiting Russia they were surprised to see lots of towns there, so they named it Garðaríki ("Realm of the towns").

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