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Where did the English Sargent family come from? What is the English Sargent family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sargent family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sargent family history?

The name Sargent is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person who was a person who held the official name of Sergeant or Serjant. This occupational surname referred to the individual who was an officer of the law, someone who could summon people to court. The name could also refer to the officer who was a tenant by military service under the rank of a knight.


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sargent family name include Sargent, Sargant, Sargaunt, Sarguent, Sarjeant, Sargeant, Sergeant and many more.

First found in Buckingham where John le Serjaunt was listed in the Hundred Rolls of 1273. The same rolls list Walter le Serjaunt, John le Serjant, Robert Sergant and Roger le Serjaunt. [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sargent research. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1714, 1674, 1692, 1703 and are included under the topic Early Sargent History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sargent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Sargent family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Sargent or a variant listed above:

Sargent Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • William Sargent settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1635
  • William Sargent, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Jno Sargent, who landed in Virginia in 1663

Sargent Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • James Sargent, who landed in Maryland in 1735
  • Richard Sargent, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Sargent Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Sargent, who arrived in America in 1805
  • James Sargent arrived in Boston in 1823
  • Thomas D Sargent, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • G E Sargent, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • John Sargent, aged 16, arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Pamela Sargent (b. 1948), American science fiction writer
  • Wallace L W Sargent (b. 1935), British-American astronomer
  • Dick Sargent (1930-1994), American actor perhaps best known as the second actor to portray Darrin Stephens on the television series Bewitched
  • Sir Harold Malcolm Watts Sargent (1895-1967), English conductor, organist and composer, Britain's leading conductor of choral works
  • Mitchell Sargent (b. 1979), Australian rugby player
  • Trevor Sargent (b. 1960), Irish politician
  • John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Italian/American painter
  • Sir Malcolm Watts Sargent (1895-1967), British orchestral conductor of London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and Royal Philharmonic orchestras
  • Brigadier David Roy Sargent (b. 1896), Canadian Commanding Officer 16th Canadian Brigade


  • The Story of Captain Redford Webster Sargent, 1844-1901 by Cecilia Vennard Sargent.
  • Descendants of William Sargent (1624-1716) of England & Gloucester, MA by Clifton R. Sargent.

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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  11. ...

The Sargent Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sargent Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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