The surname of NEWGENT was a locational name 'of Nogent' there are several places so called in France. The Nugents are among those who came in with the Conqueror in 1086. An Anglo-Norman family of this name are 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, Westmeath. The family formed themselves into a clan on the Irish model, of which the chief bore the hereditary title of Uinsheadun, 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. The inland Leinster county of Westmeath was created late in the reign of King Henry V11 by hiving off the western part of Meath. County Westmeath is thus bounded on the east by County Meath; its southern boundary is with County Offaly. On the north Westmeath is bounded by the counties of Meath, Cavan and Longford, and on the west by County Longford and County Roscommon. There was scarcely any commercial enterprise in the county a hundred years ago save for the sale of agricultural produce, and at Mullingar, two tanneries and a brewery and malting establishment. Other records of the name mention Bertram de Nugun who was recorded in the year 1273 in the County of Norfolk. Later instances of the name mention William Nugent of County Meath who registered at Oxford University in 1571. Benjamin Sargant married Mary Nugent, St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, London, in 1748. Family names are a fashion we have inherited from the times of the Crusades in Europe, when knights identified one another by adding their place of birth to their first or Christian names. With so many knights, this was a very practical step. In the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries the nobles and upper classes, particularly those descended from the knights of the Crusades, recognised the prestige an extra name afforded them, and added the surname to the simple name given to them at birth.
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