From the Latin "argentum" (silver) came the French "argent" (are-ZHON without the "n" sound) and "the root of all evil" (well, sometimes). This is a very old surname for a person or family with "beaucoup de bucks". The adjective "argenté" of course means "silver-plated". The word "argent" is also used to describe the silver color on the family crest. I believe most North American people with this surname trace it back to the UK (?)We'll want to hear more from the 174 USA Argent folks - www/people.yahoo.com - and the 74 Canadian ones - www.canada411.com -.