de Gant or de Gaunt - that is the question!

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It has been brought to my attention that the children of Walter de Gant (aka de Gaunt) have inconsistent LNABs.  I'd like to get them all the same.  So what do you think it should be:  Gant or Gaunt?

Ancestral Roots has Walter as de Gaunt; ditto with daughter Agnes:  https://books.google.com/books?id=3F9nG8aFJ7MC&pg=PA137&lpg=PA137&dq=william+mohun+agnes+gand&source=bl&ots=9lz8pKNsxp&sig=P0nV9z-9h2Xi9i5SKZcxmxJiFOo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiTs72v6OjJAhXEFj4KHQRLDFoQ6AEIMTAE#v=onepage&q=william%20mohun%20agnes%20gand&f=false

Other sources seem to flip flop between Gant and Gaunt.  So I'd like a consensus on what to use as the LNAB; we can use the alternate ones as OLN.  Thanks.

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asked in Genealogy Help by Darlene Athey-Hill G2G6 Pilot (268k points)

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Katherine Keats-Rohan in her Domesday People books, has this family indexed under 'de Gand' but refers to them also as 'de Gant'.

The Complete Peerage, 2nd ed., Vol. 7, refers to Gilbert, Earl of Lincoln as 'de Gant or Gaunt', but to his daughter Alice as de Gant only.

A charter issued by Alice used de Gant for herself and her father. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101013255607;view=1up;seq=528 (not sure if this link will take you to the right page, but its Charter 1217, on page 492)

It would seem that at least some of the early sources are using de Gant and not 'm not sure where de Gaunt for this family comes from?  Is it used because the later John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster was born in Ghent/Gaunt?

 

answered by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (330k points)
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Gant seems to be the most common spelling.  Perhaps because it is sort of halfway between the French spelling (Gand) and the Germanic/Dutch (Gent or Ghent).  I would certainly favor Gant (not Gaunt).
answered by Kenneth Kinman G2G6 Mach 4 (45.8k points)

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