Sargent Family History

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Sargent Name Meaning

English and French: in medieval times this did not denote a rank in the army, but was an occupational name for a servant, Middle English, Old French sergent (Latin serviens, genitive servientis, present participle of servire ‘to serve’). The surname probably originated for the most part in this sense, but the word also developed various more specialized meanings, being used for example as a technical term for a tenant by military service below the rank of a knight, and as the name for any of certain administrative and legal officials in different localities, which may also have contributed to the development of the surname. The sense ‘non-commissioned officer’ did not arise until the 16th century.

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

Similar surnames: Largent, Argent, Sergent, Carden, Harben, Parent, Garnett, Marien

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Sargent Family Origin

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Sargent Family Occupations

What did your Sargent ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Sargent family was Student. The most common Sargent occupation in Canada was Farmer. 40% of Sargent's were Farmers. Farmer, Going To School and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sargent.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • School

  • Student


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Sargent Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Sargent. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sargent 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Sargent. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Sargent. For the veterans among your Sargent ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sargent Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Sargent life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Sargent in 1942 was 43, and 74 in 2004.

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