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Where did the English Gaunt family come from? What is the English Gaunt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gaunt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gaunt family history?The Gaunt family name dates back to 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England introduced a plethora of new names and words into Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a in a Flemish town called Gaunt or Ghent. It was adopted in England only after the Norman invasion of 1066.
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Gaunt, Gant and others.
First found in Kent where they had been granted lands after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. The Gaunt or Gant surname is derived from the town of Gaunt or Ghent in Flanders. The first recording of the surname is in 1086 when Gilbert Gaunt, son of Baldwin, the Earl of Flanders, and nephew of Matilda, King William's Queen, was listed in the Domesday Book in 1086.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaunt research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1225, 1340, 1399, 1st , 1st and 1685 are included under the topic Early Gaunt History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaunt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Gaunt or a variant listed above were:
Gaunt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Gaunt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Gaunt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Gaunt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Gaunt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaunt 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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