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The name Sargent is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person who was a person who held the official name of Sergeant or Serjant. This occupational surname referred to the individual who was an officer of the law, someone who could summon people to court. The name could also refer to the officer who was a tenant by military service under the rank of a knight.
The surname Sargent was first found in Buckingham where John le Serjaunt was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same rolls list Walter le Serjaunt, John le Serjant, Robert Sergant and Roger le Serjaunt. 
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sargent family name include Sargent, Sargant, Sargaunt, Sarguent, Sarjeant, Sargeant, Sergeant and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sargent research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1714, 1674, 1692, 1703 and are included under the topic Early Sargent History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sargent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Sargent family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Sargent or a variant listed above:
Sargent Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Sargent settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1635
- William Sargent, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1638
- Jno Sargent, who landed in Virginia in 1663
Sargent Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Sargent, who landed in Maryland in 1735
- Richard Sargent, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
Sargent Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Sargent, who arrived in America in 1805
- James Sargent arrived in Boston in 1823
- Thomas D Sargent, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
- G E Sargent, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
- John Sargent, aged 16, arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
Sargent Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Benjamin Sargent arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1847
- Charles Sargent arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1847
- Elizabeth Sargent arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1847
- Caroline Sargent arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1847
- John Sargent arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1847
Sargent Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Henry Sargent, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Louiza Catherine Sargent, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Henry Sargent, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Usher Sargent arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
- Edwin Sargent, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
- Joseph Sargent (1925-2014), born Giuseppe Danielle Sorgente, an American four-time Primetime Emmy Award winning film director, known for Something the Lord Made (2004), The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) and Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
- Dick Sargent (1930-1994), American actor perhaps best known as the second actor to portray Darrin Stephens on the television series Bewitched
- Wallace L W Sargent (b. 1935), British-American astronomer
- Pamela Sargent (b. 1948), American science fiction writer
- Sir Harold Malcolm Watts Sargent (1895-1967), English conductor, organist and composer, Britain's leading conductor of choral works
- Mr. Alfred William Sargent (d. 1941), British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
- Brigadier David Roy Sargent (b. 1896), Canadian Commanding Officer 16th Canadian Brigade
- Sir Malcolm Watts Sargent (1895-1967), British orchestral conductor of London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and Royal Philharmonic orchestras
- John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Italian/American painter
- Trevor Sargent (b. 1960), Irish politician
- The Story of Captain Redford Webster Sargent, 1844-1901 by Cecilia Vennard Sargent.
- Descendants of William Sargent (1624-1716) of England & Gloucester, MA by Clifton R. Sargent.
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- Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
- Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
- 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.
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
- Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
- Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
The Sargent Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sargent 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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