Gentry

First Name
5k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
43k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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Origin and Meaning of Gentry

"Gentry" is a name of English origin, and it means "Nobility of birth". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gen"try
Senses
  1. Birth; condition; rank by birth.(Obs)"Pride of gentrie." [Chaucer.]"She conquers him by high almighty Jove, By knighthood, gentry, and sweet friendship's oath." [Shak.]
  2. People of education and good breeding; in England, in a restricted sense, those between the nobility and the yeomanry.
  3. Courtesy; civility; complaisance.(Obs)"To show us so much gentry and good will." [Shak.]

Etymology: OE. genterie gentrie, noble birth, nobility, cf. gentrise, and OF. gentelise genterise, E. gentilesse, also OE. genteleri high-mindedness. See Gent (a.) Gentle (a.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The most powerful members of a society
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons With the Name Gentry

Gentry Crowell was a famous person. Gentry was born on December 10th, 1932. He died on December 20th, 1989.

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Gentry Densley is a famous individual.

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Gentry McCreary was a gospel music musician. He was most prominent from 1970 to 2015. Gentry was born Gentry McCreary on September 19th, 1941 in Oakland, California. Gentry is also known as Uncle Gentry. He left this life on December 9th, 2015.

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Gentry Miller is a noteworthy person. She holds the title Miss Kansas Teen USA 2006 and Miss Kansas Teen USA2006. Gentry was given the name Gentry Linn Miller on January 28th, 1988 in Wichita, Kansas.

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Gentry de Paris is a writer/performer. Gentry was born in Hollywood, California, USA.

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Gentry Bradley is a notable individual. Gentry was born on January 19th, 1974 in Lynwood, California, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gentry

Bobbie Gentry is a country music, pop music, and soul music singer-songwriter. She plays Guitar and Vocals. She holds the title Ode to Billie Joe". She was most prominent from 1964 to 1981. Bobbie was given the name Roberta Lee Streeter on July 27th, 1944.

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Alvin Gentry is a basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans in the National Basketball Association. Alvin was born on November 5th, 1954 in Shelby, North Carolina.

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Evelyn Hooker was a psychologist. Evelyn was given the name Evelyn Gentry on September 2nd, 1907 in North Platte, Nebraska. She died on November 18th, 1996.

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Craig Gentry is a noteworthy human.

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Nick Gentry is a famed human in the fields of painting, collage, found object, and social art. Nick was born on May 29th, 1980 in London, England, UK.

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Robert Gentry is a scientist in the field of nuclear physics.

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How popular is the baby name Gentry in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1884 5 0 5
1908 8 0 8
1909 5 0 5
1911 6 0 6
1912 12 0 12
1913 10 0 10
1914 12 0 12
1915 17 0 17
1916 13 0 13
1917 16 0 16
1918 26 0 26
1919 16 0 16
1920 15 0 15
1921 23 0 23
1922 16 0 16
1923 21 0 21
1924 14 0 14
1925 11 0 11
1926 25 0 25
1927 18 0 18
1928 19 0 19
1929 19 0 19
1930 19 0 19
1931 18 0 18
1932 12 0 12
1933 10 0 10
1934 18 5 13
1935 15 0 15
1936 15 0 15
1937 11 0 11
1938 17 0 17
1939 12 0 12
1940 16 0 16
1941 15 0 15
1942 14 0 14
1943 16 0 16
1944 13 0 13
1945 16 5 11
1946 15 0 15
1947 18 0 18
1948 9 0 9
1949 15 0 15
1950 8 0 8
1951 25 0 25
1952 14 0 14
1953 14 0 14
1954 23 0 23
1955 12 0 12
1956 18 0 18
1957 24 0 24
1958 19 0 19
1959 18 0 18
1960 27 0 27
1961 32 0 32
1962 16 0 16
1963 25 0 25
1964 24 0 24
1965 14 0 14
1966 19 0 19
1967 24 0 24
1968 27 0 27
1969 30 6 24
1970 53 12 41
1971 43 7 36
1972 32 8 24
1973 35 8 27
1974 33 5 28
1975 34 7 27
1976 33 13 20
1977 37 11 26
1978 51 20 31
1979 53 13 40
1980 61 26 35
1981 51 23 28
1982 46 24 22
1983 43 17 26
1984 53 29 24
1985 52 24 28
1986 60 23 37
1987 73 25 48
1988 54 23 31
1989 64 24 40
1990 64 20 44
1991 69 23 46
1992 71 29 42
1993 67 27 40
1994 76 33 43
1995 61 28 33
1996 58 24 34
1997 61 30 31
1998 58 34 24
1999 78 35 43
2000 60 25 35
2001 90 29 61
2002 75 31 44
2003 92 39 53
2004 75 28 47
2005 92 38 54
2006 77 38 39
2007 119 65 54
2008 127 65 62
2009 108 52 56
2010 135 73 62
2011 125 67 58
2012 216 127 89
2013 195 104 91
2014 218 103 115
2015 209 112 97

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Popularity of Gentry as a first name

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Popularity of Gentry as a last name

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Common last names for Gentry

  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Smith
  • Harris
  • Gray
  • Turner

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gentry U.S.
  White 82.09% 64.26%
  African American 12.15% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.42% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.73% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.09% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.52% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gentry

People with the last name Gentry are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Gentry

  • How Popular is the name Gentry? Gentry is the 3,832nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Gentry was the 806th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gentry have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,671 babies born with the first name Gentry in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gentry to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gentry? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1884 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Gentry first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gentry is Tuesday, May 31st, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Gentry born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gentry was in 2012 with a total of 127 babies.
  • Random Gentry Factoid: According to the 1979 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gentry is not a popular baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1979.
  • Weird things about the name Gentry: Your name in reverse order is Yrtneg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nrgyte. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gentry? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 43,027 people with the last name Gentry.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gentry? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 15 of them will have Gentry as their last name.

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What does the name Gentry mean?

Gis for golden, memories you share.

Eis for encouraging, thanks for the motivation!

Nis for noteworthy, just like your achievements

Tis for try, as hard as you can

Ris for reassuring, eliminating doubts!

Yis for yearn, your innermost desires.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.