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

The name Argent reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Argent family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Argent family lived in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire in the south of England, where they held lands since the early Middle Ages. Their original home was in Argentan in Normandy, and this is the area from which their name derives.


Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Argent family name include Argent, Argentine, Argenton, Argente and others.

First found in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire in the south of England. The Argent family was granted lands in this county from Duke William for its assistance in the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and held estates there from this early time. The earliest records of the name in Britain date back to 1180, when Geoffrey Argent was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Northamptonshire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Argent research. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1507, 1625 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Argent History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 81 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Argent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Argent family to immigrate North America:

Argent Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Argent, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1672
  • William Argent, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1672
  • Sarah Argent, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
  • Sarah Argent, who settled in Maryland in 1678

Argent Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Argent, who settled in North Carolina in 1736
  • Ann Argent, who came to Virginia in 1767
  • Adam Argent settled in Maryland in 1772


  • Rod Argent (b. 1945), English keyboardist/songwriter, member of the "Zombies"
  • William J Argent, Canadian Educator and Entrepreneur of Toronto


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The Argent Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Argent 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.

This page was last modified on 22 July 2013 at 09:47.

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