Last name origins & meanings:
- English and Irish (of Norman origin), and northern French: habitational name from any of several places in northern France, such
as Nogent-sur-Oise, named with Latin Novientum, apparently an
altered form of a Gaulish name meaning ‘new settlement’.
- The Anglo-Norman family of this name is descended from Fulke de
Bellesme, lord of Nogent in Normandy, who was granted large estates
around Winchester after the Conquest. His great-grandson was Hugh de
Nugent (died 1213), who went to Ireland with Hugh de Lacy, and was
granted lands in Bracklyn, County Westmeath. The family formed itself
into a clan on the Irish model, of which the chief bore the hereditary
title of Uinsheadun (Irish Uinnseadún), from their
original seat at Winchester. They have been Earls of Westmeath since
1621. The name is now a common one in Ireland, and has been adopted
there by some who have no connection with the clan.
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