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Where did the English Kent family come from? What is the English Kent family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kent family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kent family history?The name Kent belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the county of Kent. The surname Kent belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names. As a general rule, the greater the distance between individuals and their homelands, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, people who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of the region or country from which they came.
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Kent include Kent, Kents, Kentish and others.
First found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. The first record of this family was at Thatcham, shown in the Domesday Book as King's Land, containing a church and two mills. This is one of Berkshire's oldest villages.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kent research. Another 379 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1190, 1296, 1413, 1391, 1393, 1401, 1405, 1409, 1383, 1390 and 1404 are included under the topic Early Kent History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 141 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Kent family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Kent were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Kent Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Kent Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Kent Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Kent Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Kent Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kent Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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