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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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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 1911 there were 50 Gant families living in Ontario. This was about 51% of all the recorded Gant's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gant families in 1911.
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What did your Gant ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Gant. 67% of Gant men worked as a Farmer.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    67%
  • Laborer
    24%
  • Labourer
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    100%
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There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Gant. For the veterans among your Gant ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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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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