Jent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Jent family

The surname Jent 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 Jent family

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Jent 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 Jent family (pre 1700)

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Jent migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jent Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Jent, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [1]
  • William Jent, who landed in Virginia in 1662 [1]

Jent 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:

Jent Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Jent, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Jent (post 1700)

  • Larry Jent, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1996, 2000, 2008 (alternate); Member of Montana State Senate 32nd District; Elected 2010 [2]


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from
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