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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 descendants of this Norman chieftain, David de Argentine, became feudal barons of great personal distinction. Reginald de Argentine, who appears to have been fifth in descent from the companion in arms of the Conqueror, succeeded all his father Giles de Argentine's vast estates, including the manor of Great Wymondeley, in Cambridgeshire. Of the same ancestry was Reginald de Argentine, who, in the 21 Henry III being a knight templar, was standard bearer of the Christian army in a great battle against the Turks, near Antioch, wherein he was slain." [1] Other early records include Geoffrey Argent was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Northamptonshire in 1180. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Richard de Arengtein in Hertfordshire and Reginald de Argente in Essex. Reginald de Argentein was listed in the Feet of Fines in Norfolk in 1281. [2]


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


  • Reed Argent, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1960
  • Rod Argent (b. 1945), English keyboardist/songwriter, member of the "Zombies"
  • William J Argent, Canadian Educator and Entrepreneur of Toronto


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  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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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.

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