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Possible Origins of the Gant surname

Hunmanby Manor, Yorkshire
After the Norman "harrowing of the North" in 1080, Hunmanby Manor was given to Gilbert de Gant, a Norman overlord, of Bardney in Lincolnshire, for his assistance in the above campaign.The de Gant family remained in Hunmanby for many years; Gilbert's son Walter, a great church benefactor, founded and endowed the Augustinian Priory at Bridlington. The de Gant's, as Lords of the Manor, granted two charters for 'fairs' and claimed all that was washed up in Filey Bay above the low water mark. The small fishing community of Filey (then) being part of the Hunmanby Manor.

Kelly's Directory of N & E Ridings of Yorkshire 1913, states that "The church of All Saints (Hunmanby) is an ancient building of stone, in the Norman and early English styles ... ... the nave is separated from the aisle by an arcade of five lofty pointed arches in the spindrels of which are fifteen shields of arms of the Constable, Gant, Osbaldeston, Percy and other families, formerly the ancient lords of Hunmanby".
Gilbert "of Ghent"
"Sometimes referred to in modern historical writing as Gilbert or Gislebert de Gand, the form in which his name is given in Doomsday Book. His surname derives from Ghent in Flanders. Gilbert of Ghent is said to have been a younger son of Ralph, lord of Alost near Ghent; and the brother-in-law of Queen Matilda's sister (Matilda was the wife of William The Conqueror, and the daughter of Baldwin V, Count of Flanders, and Adela of France). In 1086 Gilbert of Ghent was castellan of York castle with William Malet and Robert son of Richard, and was captured there by the Danes in the following year. Although his Yorkshire estate was not remarkably large, he was the greatest tenant-in-chief in Lincolnshire and had other lands in the Midlands. Before his death around 1095 William Rufus (King William II Rufus, 1056-1100 - second son of William the Conqueror inherited the throne of England from his father in 1087) had augmented his Yorkshire property with lands around Bridlington. He married Alice daughter of Hugh de Montfort, lord of Monfort-sur-Risle. Alice inherited her father's estate, which passed, to her elder son. The younger, Walter, retained the English lands, founded Bridlington Priory and married a daughter of Count Stephen of Richmond, from which union the later Earls of Lincoln were descended. In medieval England the family took the form of Gant."
Extract from: The Doomsday Survey of Yorkshire (Part Two), Published by Phillimore & Co. Ltd., 1986. ISBN 085033 531 0

From "A Dictionary Of English & Welsh Surnames", (Date Unknown)

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