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Gentry Early Origins



The surname Gentry was first found in Hampshire, where they held a family seat since the Norman invasion of 1066. The name Gentry comes from the Old French word "gent," meaning "well-born" or "noble." It could be a literal name, referring to someone who actually was well-born, or it may have been an ironic nickname, for someone who put on airs of aristocracy. One of the oldest records of the name was found in Winmarleigh, a township in Lancashire with one of the older spellings used by the family. "In the reign of Henry III. lived a Gregory de Winnerlie or de Wimerlegh. In the 17th of Edward III., Robert de Plesyngton received a fine from Thomas le Gentyll and his wife and son, for a moiety of the manor of Wynmerles." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Gentry Spelling Variations


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Gentry Spelling Variations



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 Gentle, Gentles, Gentile, Jentle, Gentry and others.

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Gentry Early History


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Gentry Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gentry research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1242, 1273, 1327 and 1377 are included under the topic Early Gentry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gentry Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gentry Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gentry 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



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 Gentry or a variant listed above were:

Gentry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nicholas Gentry, who arrived in Virginia in 1700

Gentry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Gentry, who arrived in New York in 1862
  • Elizth Gentry, aged 16, landed in New York in 1862
  • Ada Gentry, aged 21, who landed in America from Woolwich, in 1892

Gentry Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Carrie H. Gentry, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Dorsey Gentry, who landed in America, in 1919
  • George Gentry, aged 0, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • Edwin Gentry, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1920
  • Emily Gentry, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gentry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Gentry, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Hyderabad"

Gentry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Gentry, aged 26, a brickmaker, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Mary Ann Gentry, aged 26, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gentry (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gentry (post 1700)



  • Curt Gentry (b. 1931), American writer, recipient of the Edgar Award (1975) from the Mystery Writers of America
  • Herbert Gentry (1919-2003), African American Expressionist painter
  • Alwyn Howard Gentry (1945-1993), American botanist and plant collector
  • Gary Edward Gentry (b. 1946), American former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher
  • Bobbie Gentry (b. 1944), American country singer
  • Howard Scott Gentry (1903-1993), American botanist, leading authority on the agaves
  • Minnie Gentry (1915-1993), American actress
  • Alvin Gentry (b. 1954), American basketball coach
  • Loyd Gentry Jr. (b. 1925), American horse trainer
  • Kenneth Gentry (b. 1950), American theologian
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Gentry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gentry 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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