The English surname Gent is of Norman French origin. The name Gent is of nickname origin being derived from the Middle English term gente, and the Old French term gent meaning “well born, noble or courteous.” The surname was first recorded in the late 12th Century (see below). One John Gent is recorded in the Pipe Rolls for Worcestershire, 1200. On October 1st 1555, Edward Gent was christened in St. Peter's, Westcheap, London, and Dorothy Gent married John Jones on April 22nd 1577, in St. Dunstan's, Stepney, London. An interesting namebearer was Thomas Gent (1693 - 1778), a printer and topographer; he was a member of the Stationers' Company, and was admitted to the Freedom of the City of London in 1717.
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