Gent Family History

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Gent Name Meaning

English and French: nickname, possibly sometimes applied ironically, from Middle English gente, Old French gent(il) ‘well born’, ‘noble’, ‘courteous’. Compare Gentle. German and English: habitational name for someone from Ghent in Flanders, French name Gand.

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

Similar surnames: Dent, Gant, Ghent, Best, Kent, Geng, Bent, Went, Genn, Great

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Gent Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gent name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gent. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Italy


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Gent Family Origin

Where is the Gent family from?

Gent Family Occupations

What did your Gent ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Gent family was Farming. The most common Gent occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Gent's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gent.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Gent ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Gent Historical Records

What Gent family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 53,000 census records available for the last name Gent. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gent census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Gent. 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 Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Gent. For the veterans among your Gent ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gent Life Expectancy

What is the average Gent lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gent life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Gent in 1944 was 25, and 69 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gent

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gent ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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