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The name Angenent comes from " aen gen Eijndt " 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 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. There are three castles located in Geldern "Grotelears ", " Dierdonk " and " Haag ". The last two on the river Niers. On the other side of the river from castle " Haag " was " Hof aen gen Eijndt " wich was destroyed by war approximately in 1504. A " Hof " is a court or garden. In former days the namesakes were Roman Catholic but in the 18e century some of the married with Calvinist ( Nederduits Gereformeerde) and those branches remained Prostestant. This throws a monkey wrench in the story that the Angenent's were Huguenots and came uot of French. 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 books, as you can see all 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 Angennnent and Gerhardus Angenent is one and the same person. The reason that there is 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 al 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. Christopher Angenent