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

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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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  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  7. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  8. Tapper, Michael Ed. Immigrants to the Middle Colonies A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists and Associated Data from The New York Genealogical Biographical Record. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. 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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