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Origin and Meaning of Gaunt

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Gaunt
Attenuated, as with fasting or suffering; lean; meager; pinched and grim.

Etymology: Cf. Norw. gand a thin pointed stick, a tall and thin man, and W. gwan weak

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold ("a nightmare population of gaunt men and skeletal boys")

From Middle English gawnt, gawnte (“lean, slender”), from Old French, probably from a Scandinavian source, related to Old Norse gandr (“magic staff, stick”), from Proto-Germanic *gandaz (“stick, staff”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰen- (“to beat, hit, drive”). Cognate with Icelandic gandur (“magic staff”), Norwegian gand (“tall pointed stick; tall, thin man”), Danish gand, gan, Norwegian gana (“cut-off tree limbs”), Bavarian Gunten (“a kind of wedge or peg”). Related also to Old English gūþ (“battle”), Latin dēfendō (“ward off, defend”). Compare also Swedish dialectal gank (“a lean, emaciated horse”).

Notable Persons With the Last Name Gaunt

John of Gaunt was royalty. John was born as the child of Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainault on March 6th, 1340 in Ghent, Flanders. He breathed his last breath on February 3rd, 1399.


Valerie Gaunt is an actress. Valerie was born in 1932 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.


Genevieve Gaunt is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2004. Genevieve was given the name Genevieve Wilhemina Gaunt on January 13th, 1991 in London.


William Gaunt is an actor. William was born on April 3rd, 1937 in Pudsey, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.


Jon Gaunt is a presenter. Jon was given the name Jonathan Charles Gaunt on March 3rd, 1961 in Coventry, West Midlands, England.


Shirley Ross was a singer, actor, and pianist. She was most prominent from 1927 to 1946. Shirley was given the name Bernice Maude Gaunt on January 7th, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. She died on March 9th, 1975.


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Popularity of Gaunt as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gaunt U.S.
  White 91.28% 64.26%
  African American 2.50% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.65% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.58% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.73% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.26% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gaunt

People with the last name Gaunt are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Gaunt

  • How Popular is the name Gaunt? As a last name Gaunt was the 11,993rd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Gaunt first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Gaunt is Monday, February 20th, 1928.
  • How unique is the name Gaunt? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Gaunt. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Gaunt: Your name in reverse order is Tnuag. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Agnut. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gaunt? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,604 people with the last name Gaunt.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gaunt? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Gaunt as their last name since less than 1 person in 114k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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