The English and Fench surname Sargent an occupational name for a servant, Middle English, Old French sergent (Latin serviens, genitive servientis, present participle of servire ‘to serve’). Robert le Serjaunt is noted in the 1221 Curia Regis Rolls of Leicestershire, and Thomas le Sergeant is listed in the Assize Rolls of Staffordshire (1266). A family by the name of Sargeant trace their descent from John le Sergeant, who held the office of sergeant of the forest of Dean from about 1327. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Edric le Sergant, which was dated 1185, in the "Documents relating to the Danelaw"
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