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The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Gent come from its first bearer, who was a noble or wellborn individual. The surname Gent originally derived from the Old English word Gente. Nicknames often described the time or season of the birth, baptism or conversion of the original bearer. In addition, numerous nicknames referred to various religious festivals, medieval name days, or the particular day of the week when feudal services were fulfilled.

Gent Early Origins



The surname Gent was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from early times.

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Gent Spelling Variations


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Gent Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Gent has been spelled many different ways, including Gent, Ghent and others.

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Gent Early History


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Gent Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gent research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1190 and 1200 are included under the topic Early Gent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gent Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gent Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gent 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Gents to arrive in North America:

Gent Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Gent, who landed in Virginia in 1633
  • Thomas Gent purchased land in Virginia in 1634
  • Thomas Gent settled in Virginia in 1638
  • William Gent, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Gilbird Goring Gent, aged 30, arrived in Barbados in 1682
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gent Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Gent who arrived in Maryland in 1739

Gent Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Gent who settled in New York City in 1820
  • Henry Gent, aged 25, landed in Missouri in 1839
  • Theodore Gent, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Francis Gent, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Alfred Gent who arrived in Texas in 1882

Gent Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Gent, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Gent, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Gent Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Augustus Gent settled in Trinity, Newfoundland in 1810 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Charles Gent was a cooper of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1871 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

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Citations


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  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Gent Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gent 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 27 October 2010 at 13:35.

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