Gant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gant family

The surname Gant was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in North Holland, a province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Amsterdam, Haarlem and Hilversum. It was the seat of the old Counts of Holland. Seat of one of the oldest families is Brederode Castle near Haarlem. There are many old and quaint towns in the province. including Medemblik, Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Edam, and Monnikendam. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Gant family

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Gant Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gent, Gente, Gents, Gentt, Gentte, Gentts, Geent, Gennt, Genntt, Genttes, Geents, Gennts and many more.

Early Notables of the Gant family (pre 1700)

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United States Gant migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Gant, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Francois Gant, aged 13, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [1]
  • Jacob Gant, who settled in Philadelphia in 1764
Gant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • F Gant, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Patrick Gant, who landed in Iowa in 1883 [1]
  • Jacob Gant, who was on record in Pennsylvania in 1890

Australia Gant migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Claudius Robarts Gant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839 [2]

New Zealand Gant migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Gant, aged 18, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Warwick" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Gant (post 1700) +

  • Horace Gant Jr. (b. 1985), American football wide receiver
  • Lamar Gant (b. 1957), American world record-holding powerlifter
  • Willie "The Tiger" Gant (b. 1900), American jazz bandleader and pianist
  • Kenneth Dwayne Gant (b. 1967), former American football safety in the National Football League
  • Donald W. Gant (1942-1987), American singer, songwriter and record producer
  • Robert Gant (b. 1968), American actor
  • Richard E. Gant (b. 1944), American film and television actor
  • Ronald Edwin "Ron" Gant (b. 1965), former American Major League outfielder and second base man
  • Reuben Charles Gant (b. 1952), former professional American football tight end
  • Cecil Gant (1913-1951), American blues singer and pianist
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CLEVELAND 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Cleveland.htm


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