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Gaunt Family History

Gaunt Name Meaning

habitational name from Ghent in Flanders, from which many wool workers and other skilled craftsmen migrated to England in the early Middle Ages. The surname is found most commonly in West Yorkshire, around Leeds. The Flemish place name is first recorded in Latin documents as Gandi and Gandavum; it is apparently of Celtic origin, but of uncertain meaning. from a nickname from Middle English gaunt ‘thin’, ‘wasted’, ‘haggard’ (of uncertain, possibly Scandinavian, origin). variant of Gant.

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

Similar surnames: Gant, Gault, Gent, Daunt, Glunt, Bunt, Gauna, Baust, Sant, Baune

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Where is the Gaunt family from?

You can see how Gaunt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gaunt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gaunt families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 13 Gaunt families living in New Jersey. This was about 28% of all the recorded Gaunt's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Gaunt families in 1840.
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What did your Gaunt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gaunt. 17% of Gaunt men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Gaunt women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gaunt were Salesman and Housewife.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Waitress
  • Housewife
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Gaunt. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Gaunt. For the veterans among your Gaunt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gaunt lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Gaunt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Gaunt in 1941 was 50, and 71 in 2004.

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