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Origins Available: Dutch, English


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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ghent research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ghent History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Ghent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ghent Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Ghent settled in Maryland in 1683

Ghent Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Godfrey Ghent settled in Philadelphia in 1816

Ghent Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Clayton A Ghent, who arrived in Alabama in 1918

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  • William J. Ghent, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 17th District, 1908; Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 27th District, 1909
  • Willard K. Ghent, American Democrat politician, Chair of Cortland County Democratic Party, 1955
  • Frank Ghent, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1952
  • Bill Ghent, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1936


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  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Neubecker, Ottfried. Großes Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Swierenga, Robert P. Compiler Dutch Emigrant to the United State, South Africa, South America and Southeast Asia 1835-1880 An Alphabetical Listing by Househould Heads and Independent Persons. Wilmington, DE: Scholary Resources, 1983. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  10. De Jong, Gerald Francis. The Dutch in America 1609-1974. New York: Twayne, 1975. Print.
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The Ghent Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ghent 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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