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Ghent is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a noble or wellborn individual. The surname Ghent 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.

Ghent Early Origins



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

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Ghent Spelling Variations


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Ghent Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Ghent were recorded, including Gent, Ghent and others.

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Ghent Early History


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Ghent Early History



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

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Ghent Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ghent Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ghent 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Ghent family emigrate to North America:

Ghent Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Ghent settled in Maryland in 1683

Ghent Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Godfrey Ghent settled in Philadelphia in 1816

Ghent Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Clayton A Ghent, who arrived in Alabama in 1918

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ghent (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ghent (post 1700)



  • William J. Ghent, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 17th District, 1908; Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 27th District, 1909
  • Willard K. Ghent, American Democrat politician, Chair of Cortland County Democratic Party, 1955
  • Frank Ghent, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1952
  • Bill Ghent, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1936

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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.
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Ghent Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ghent 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 9 November 2015 at 09:40.

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