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The ancient name of Sergeant finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for 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.

Sergeant Early Origins



The surname Sergeant 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Sergeant Spelling Variations


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Sergeant Spelling Variations



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 Sergeant family name include Sargent, Sargant, Sargaunt, Sarguent, Sarjeant, Sargeant, Sergeant and many more.

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Sergeant Early History


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Sergeant Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sergeant research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1714, 1674, 1692, 1703 and are included under the topic Early Sergeant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sergeant Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sergeant Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sergeant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sergeant In Ireland


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Sergeant In Ireland



Some of the Sergeant 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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. Early immigrants bearing the Sergeant surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Sergeant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Sergeant, aged 23, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • William Sergeant, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Jonathan Sergeant, who landed in Connecticut in 1644
  • Fran Sergeant, who landed in Virginia in 1661
  • Joseph Sergeant, who arrived in Maryland in 1664
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sergeant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Sergeant, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1707
  • Elizabeth Sergeant, who arrived in America in 1760-1763

Sergeant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Sergeant, aged 20, arrived in America in 1821
  • Mr. Sergeant, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Robert Sergeant, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

Sergeant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Sergeant arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  • Henry Sergeant arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  • Jane Adelaide Sergeant arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  • John Sergeant arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  • Joseph Sergeant arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sergeant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Sergeant landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Sergeant arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • Elizabeth Sergeant arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • Wesley Sergeant arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • Mary Sergeant arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sergeant (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sergeant (post 1700)



  • John Sergeant (1779-1852), American politician who represented Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives
  • William Sergeant, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hunterdon County, 1856-57
  • Thomas Sergeant, American politician, Secretary of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1817-19; Pennsylvania State Attorney General, 1819-20; Postmaster at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1828-33
  • Jonathan Dickinson Sergeant (1746-1793), American politician, Delegate to Continental Congress from New Jersey, 1776; Pennsylvania State Attorney General, 1777-80
  • John Sergeant (1779-1852), American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1815-23, 1827-29, 1837-41, National Republican Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1832
  • George Sergeant, American politician, Mayor of Dallas, Texas, 1935-37
  • John Sergeant (b. 1944), British journalist and broadcaster
  • Frederick Sergeant, General

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. 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.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Sergeant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sergeant 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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