The origins of the Serjent surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name Serjent began when someone in that family worked as a person who held the official name of Sergeant or Serjant.
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.
Early Origins of the Serjent family
The surname Serjent was first found in Buckingham where John le Serjaunt was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. The same rolls list Walter le Serjaunt, John le Serjant, Robert Sergant and Roger le Serjaunt. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Serjent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Serjent research.Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1714, 1674, 1692, 1703 and are included under the topic Early Serjent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Serjent Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Serjent has appeared include Sargent, Sargant, Sargaunt, Sarguent, Sarjeant, Sargeant, Sergeant and many more.
Early Notables of the Serjent family (pre 1700)
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Serjent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Serjent family to Ireland
Some of the Serjent family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Serjent family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Serjent arrived in North America very early:
Serjent Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Rebecca Serjent, who arrived in Virginia in 1699 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)