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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • South German : occupational name for an official in charge of the legal auction of property confiscated in default of a fine; such a sale was known in Middle High German as a gant (from Italian incanto, a derivative of Late Latin inquantare ‘to auction’, from the phrase In quantum? ‘To how much (is the price raised)?’).
  • German : metonymic occupational name for a cooper, from Middle High German ganter, kanter ‘barrel rack’.
  • German : variant of Gander 3.
  • English : occupational name for a glover, from Old French gantier, an agent derivative of gant ‘glove’ (see Gant).

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