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The name Gantt came to England with the ancestors of the Gantt family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Gantt family lived person who was "gaunt," [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
as in Shakespeare's character John of Gaunt in Richard II "Oh how my name befits my composition! Old Gaunt, indeed, and gaunt in being old." Another more credible origin of the name is having derived "from the town of Gaunt, now Ghent, in Flanders." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
This source continues "Gilbert de Gand or Gant, a great Domesday tenant, was son of Baldwin, Earl of Flanders, whose sister William the Conqueror married." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Gantt Early Origins



The surname Gantt was first found in Kent where Richard le Gaunt was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1219. The same year Gilbert de Gaunt was listed in the same rolls in Lincolnshire. A few years later, Maurice le Gant was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1225. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Another Maurice le Gant (died 1230) was the founder of Beverston Castle in Gloucestershire in 1225. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had numerous entries for the family: Hugh le Gant and John le Gant in Oxfordshire; Gilbert le Gaunt in Cambridgeshire; Robert le Gaunt in Lincolnshire; and Henry le Gaunt and Maurice de Gaunt in Somerset. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Willelmus Gaunte; and Petrus de Gaunt. [4]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)

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Gantt Spelling Variations


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Gantt Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Gaunt, Gant and others.

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Gantt Early History


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Gantt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gantt research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1340, 1399 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Gantt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gantt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gantt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gantt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gantt or a variant listed above:

Gantt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Gantt, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Edward Gantt, who landed in Maryland in 1770

Gantt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Gantt, aged 22, arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1821

Gantt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Elliot Kip Gantt, who landed in America, in 1905
  • John Lewellyn Gantt, aged 39, who emigrated to America, in 1907

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gantt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gantt (post 1700)



  • Thomas Tasker Gantt (1814-1887), American politician, U.S. Attorney for Missouri, 1845-50
  • Harvey B. Gantt (b. 1943), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, 1983-87; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1996
  • Donald Gantt, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 2008
  • David F. Gantt (b. 1941), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly 133rd District, 1983-; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008
  • Daniel Gantt, American politician, Justice of Nebraska State Supreme Court, 1873-78; Chief Justice of Nebraska State Supreme Court, 1878
  • Anthony Gantt, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984
  • Amy Gantt, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 2008
  • Edward Gantt (1746-1837), American Episcopal clergyman who served as Chaplain of the Senate of the United States
  • Harvey B Gantt (b. 1943), American architect and politician
  • Henry Laurence Gantt A.B., M.E. (1861-1919), American engineer, eponym of the Ganntt Chart, a type of bar chart that illustrates a project schedule
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Gantt


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Suggested Readings for the name Gantt



  • Gaunt-Gantt Family: Some Descendants of Peter Gaunt of Sandwich, Massachusetts by Mary Chalfant Ormsbee.
  • Peter Gaunt (also Gantt), 1610-1680 and Some of His Descendants by David L. Gauntt.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ 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. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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