There are over 8800 names together with notes on the family tree
The family name is found mainly in Nottinghamshire, Leicstershire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.
There are many members of the family born in and around the village of Skegby
near Mansfield, Notts. I was born there myself one of five sons who trace back to William Luis
Caunt, a Framewok Knitter and politically a Chartist, the first of my lot to settle in the village where he fathered 18
children. Most of them were sons who spread the Caunt family throughout the district along with his brother John who sired
10 children in Skegby and Sutton-in-Ashfield. This branch of the family traces back to Richard Caunt c1558.
During my researching I realised that the marriages of the Caunt sons and daughters connects me
to many of the long standing local families in the area.
The Caunt family name has been found throughout the British Islands and in the USA, Australia,
Canada and New Zealand.
Many have served in the military forces of the countries to where family members migrated and have
died in the wars and their names can be found on war memorials. Anciently the name has been said to derive from the Gaelic
tribe the Cantii who lived in that part of England later known as Cantwaraburg then Kent. The county capital being
The.most likely derivation seems to be the Norman French name "Le Cont" sounds like "Le Caunt".
In England the English said as Cont but scribes spelt it mainly three ways as Caunt, Cont and Cant. Though there are
other variations such as Conte,Cawnt,Count, Conde, Caut, and so on.
These variations are proven from parish registers, bishop's transcripts and census of families.
The Gaunt name derives from the place name Ghent being pronounced in English as in John of Gaunt who was born in
Ghent, but there is a confusion between the two names due to being so similar. I know some families have deliberately
changed the name Caunt to Gaunt and Count. Experts, on names, claiming Caunt as a deritative of Gaunt are wrong.
I have compiled family trees, for another 12 branches of Caunt families, that have not been published. I hope one day to find
connecting links between all branches. Anyone interested in information about these trees, or the published tree, are invited
to contact me.
I wish to express here my great appreciation to Mr J. Godley of Kent without whose unstinting
help and advice I would not
have been able to trace the family of my paternal grandmother Martha Caunt nee Godley 1871-1959
to any great extent.
Once of Skegby