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The name Sergent is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as 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.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Sergent are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Sergent include Sargent, Sargant, Sargaunt, Sarguent, Sarjeant, Sargeant, Sergeant and many more.

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]


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

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Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sergent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Sergent 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.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Sergent or a variant listed above:

Sergent Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Arthur Sergent, who landed in Virginia in 1643

Sergent Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Christopher Sergent, who arrived in Mississippi in 1854

Sergent Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Frank Sergent, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1900

Sergent Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Sergent, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Albert Sergent, aged 14, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877
  • Charles Sergent, aged 16, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877
  • Ernest Sergent, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877
  • Flora Sergent, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877


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  • W. D. Sergent, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Taylor County, 1950
  • Robert L. Sergent, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 10th District; Elected 1982
  • David A. Sergent, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Big Stone Gap, Virginia, 1930-34
  • Brian Sergent, New Zealand former footballer who represented the new Zealand National Team in 1948
  • Brian Sergent (b. 1959), New Zealand actor born and based in Wellington
  • Bernard Sergent (b. 1946), French ancient historian and comparative mythologist
  • Annette Sergent (b. 1962), French two-time gold and three-time bronze long-distance runner
  • Jesse Sergent (b. 1988), New Zealand racing cyclist
  • Stéphane Sergent (b. 1973), French footballer


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  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)

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  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.
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  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The Sergent Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sergent 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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