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Gant Name Meaning

French and English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of gloves, from Old French gant ‘glove’ (of Germanic origin). German: of uncertain origin. In the south, it may be a topographic name from Middle High German gant ‘scree’, or a habitational name from a place named with this word. Compare Gander. It could also be a metonymic occupational name for an auctioneer from Middle High German gant ‘auction’ (see Ganter 1), for which a glove (gantus, French gant) was set up as a sign (see 1). A third possibility is that it is a variant of Gans, from Low German gante ‘goose’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Gast, Gaunt, Gans, Gent, Ganz, Gann, Kant, Grant, Gatt, Wang

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Where is the Gant family from?

You can see how Gant families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gant family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gant families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 23 Gant families living in Ohio. This was about 15% of all the recorded Gant's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Gant families in 1840.
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What did your Gant ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gant. 25% of Gant men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Gant women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gant were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    25%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    12%
  • Cook
    10%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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What is the average Gant lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gant life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Gant in 1944 was 28, and 71 in 2004.

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