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Occupation "Gentleman" on UK Marriage Records

Occupation "Gentleman" on UK Marriage Records

Posted: 6 Mar 2013 8:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have come across a few Marriage Records where the bride or groom's father's occupation was listed as either Gentleman or A Gent. In none of these cases was the person a Gentleman in an upperclass sense of the word. Can anyone offer a learned explanation?

Re: Occupation "Gentleman" on UK Marriage Records

Posted: 7 Mar 2013 12:20AM GMT
Classification: Query
Gentleman usually meant someone who didn't have to work for a living. They didn't have to be upper class, just have enough income not to have to work. It was sometimes used by men who'd retired from a profession or who'd done well in trade.

I have an ancestor who migrated, and on his trip home upon retirement it says Gentleman in the occupation column of the passenger list. Before retirement he ran a baker's shop and his father had been an ag lab.

Re: Occupation "Gentleman" on UK Marriage Records

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 10:50AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you thank you thank you for this post and answer. I have came across an ancestor of mine who was a gentleman. I tried to google it very page had something different to say. One even gave up to four meanings.
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