Gent Family History
Gent Name Meaning
English (northern) and French: nickname from Old French gent Middle English gent(e) ‘high born noble’ hence ‘noble of character or conduct courteous’ also ‘nice friendly’. English: habitational name from Ghent (Gent in Dutch) a city in Flanders Belgium. Compare Ghent . German: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name formed with gand ‘spell’ such as Gandolf. Dutch (Van Gent): habitational name for someone from the place Gent nowadays formally spelled Gendt near Nijmegen in the province of Gelderland or from Gent in Flanders Belgium.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022