Mary Gant or Ghent

19 October 1794–
Saltfleet, Home, Upper Canada, British Colonial America

The Life of Mary

When Mary Gant or Ghent was born on 19 October 1794, in Saltfleet, Home, Upper Canada, British Colonial America, her father, Thomas Ghent, was 24 and her mother, Elizabeth Davis, was 21. She married Thomas Barnes about 1815, in Halton, Ontario, Canada.

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Thomas Barnes
Mary Gant or Ghent
Marriage: about 1815

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about 1815
Halton, Ontario, Canada

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Name Meaning

1 French and English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of gloves, from Old French gant ‘glove’ (of Germanic origin).2 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’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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