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Where does the name come from?


The name Angenent comes from aen gen Eijndt pronounced as "an gen end" and goes back so far as 1255.
The name originated in Geldern on the river Niers in the Dukedom of Kleve which was Dutch territory
until about 1810, French in 1812, time of Napoleon, and German after 1815
.
When you translate aen gen Eijndt in nowadays Dutch it means "aan het einde van" or "aan de andere kant van"
in English "on the end of" or "on the other side of" this could be a road or street, a fence or boundary or
a lake or river. In this case we suspect it is the river Niers but we have no proof yet.
There are three castles located in Geldern "Grotelears,"
"Dierdonk" and "Haag" the last two on the river Niers.
On the other side of Castle "Haag" was "Hof aen gen Eijndt" which was destroyed by war approximately in 1504.
A "Hof" is a court or garden.

The name dispersed to other places like Rees, Elten, Büderich, Düsseldorf, Emmerich, Dinxperlo (Süderwich),
Wageningen, Haarlem, Rotterdam etc.

In former days the namesakes were Roman Catholic but in the 17th century some of them married with a Calvinist
( Nederduits Gereformeerde)
and those branches remained Protestant.
This throws a monkey wrench in the story that the Angenent's were Huguenots and came out of France.

There is also a story going around that the Angenent's have a Family coat of arms and that they belong to the nobility.
Here we have to clear up the misconception. It is true that the nobility has a coat of arms but that does not mean
when you have a coat of arms that you are nobility.

In former days many people could not write or read so when they wanted to sign a document, or similar, they used a
signet ring with the coat of arms of that particular family and therefore called family coat of arms.
When the head of this family died so did the coat of arms (was not used anymore) and a new coat of arms was made
for the next head of the family. Some family coats of arms were also donated by Monarchs to families who performed
a good deed or good work. Anybody can acquire and register a coat of arms so-long it is an original and not a copy
of an existing one. There are several family coats of arms from the Angenent's but there is only one official registered
by the Central Office of Genealogy in The Haag. This one belongs to the family Eugenius Johannes Henricus Angenendt.
This coat of arms was first mentioned in the will from Eugenius 13th of January 1776 in Elten and later used by
Johannes Aengenent jointly with Louis van Zuijlen as business coat of arms under the firm-name L van Zuijlen
and J Aengenent in Rotterdam as mentioned in the newspaper of Amokedam of the 21st of November 1810 # 106.
The name was written as Aengenendt and later changed to Angenendt. A note stated see Aengen Eijnde.

The name Angenent is written in many different ways but all originated from aen gen Eijndt. For example Jan Aengenent
is the father of Eugenius Angenendt and Jacobus Angenent according to the baptism registration book, as you can see all
the three last names are written differently but it is still the same family. In another case the same situation the baptism book
of Wageningen state that the father from Richardus Aengenendt is Gaugerici Aengenendt but the baptism book of
Bennekom state that a half brother of Richardus, Gerardus Angennent his father is Gerardus Angennent, but on the
birth-certificate of the father his name is Gerhardus Angenent. So Gaugerici Aengenendt, Gerardus Angennent and
Gerhardus Angenent is one and the same person. Therefore we have in the different branches of the family tree written the
official names and in between bracket the different spellings we have found.

The reason that there is so much difference in the way the name is written is because the registration of birth, marriage
and death were done by the churches. The persons in charge of writing down those occurrence wrote it as he thought
it had to be written and some of them even translated into Latin or French. This all changed in the beginning of eighteen
hundred (1812). Registration was then taken over by Civil servants and Napoleon ordered that all civilians must have
a fixed last name.

At the moment are there 300 families with the name Angenent, 30 with Aangenendt, 20 with Angenendt, five with Aangenent,
and five with Aengenent living in the Netherlands. In Germany at this time live about 350 families with the name Angenendt
and 50 with the name Angenent.

The Angenent's are, since the second half of the 19th century, scattered all over the world. The first official registered emigration
was in 1860 by the family Hendrikus Tjerk Angenent, 42 years old arrived in Iowa, USA. Earlier moved a Jacobus Bernardus
Angenent, about 1841, to the Dutch East-Indies and married there in 1855. Hendrikus and Jacobus were half brothers.
Jacobus youngest sister also moved to Batavia were she married in 1846. We can have argued that in that time the Dutch
East-Indies was part of the Netherlands and we consider that branch of the family tree also to be Dutch. So far as we know
at this time there are eight families in the USA, 15 in Canada, four in Australia, one in England, one in Austria, 49 in Germany,
two in French, two in South-Africa and one in Sweden, with the name Angenent.

Among the Angenent's in the family tree there are five of them that are thoroughbred Angenent. Their father was Abraham
Angenent and the mother Wilhelmina Angenent née Angenent. They were first cousins.

To come back at the question is part of the family nobility? We did not find any official evidence of nobility yet. What we have
found is the family Jan Aengenent, born in Halteren married with Anna Maria Holterman on the 26th of September 1723
in Gendt, Gelderland, Netherlands. Jan, sometimes written as Johannes, and Anna had seven children. The godparents of the
first three children were: Maria Eugenia Vorstlichen Genaden van Elten en Vreden gebooren Ricks Gravinne van Manderscheit
Blanckenhei etc etc en min Heer Baron Carles Daniel de Javille. Translated Maria Eugenia Royal Grace of Elten and Vreden born
Imperial Countess of Manderscheit Blanckenheim etc and Gentleman Baron Carlos Daniel de Javille. The godparents of the
last four children were relatives, friends or neighbours. The son of Jan, Eugenius Angenendt married with Barbara Carles
(Caal, Caalen) on the 19th of May 1754 in Elten had six children. The first four had relatives while the last two had
Maria Francisca Vorstin (Sovereign) van (of) Elten and Antonius van de Sande Rechter (Judge) van (of) Elten as godparents

We can here conclude from three things:

1. Those families belong to nobility.

2. That those families had friends, who belong to nobility.

3. That those families worked for a family that belongs to nobility.

When we go back into that time and compare the different family's Angenent, no matter how you write it, and in the same
surroundings we found the following occupations: cobbler, day-labourer, coachman, farmer-servant, labourer, salesman,
keeper, wooden shoemaker, master-carpenter, tailor and farmer. It does not matter how you look at it but those are trades
that belong to the common people and are not the occupations of relatives that belongs to nobility. We can therefore conclude
that those families worked for families that belong to nobility.



Christopher D. Angenent