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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.


Kent Early History

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.


Kent Early Notables

Another 141 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Kent In Ireland

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

  • Humphrey Kent and his wife Joane, who settled in Virginia in 1619
  • Joane Kent, who arrived in Virginia in 1621
  • Edward Kent, who settled in New England in 1630
  • Joshua, and John Kent, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630
  • Richard and Stephen Kent who settled in Newbury Port in Massachusetts in 1634

Kent Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Abraham Kent, who landed in America in 1714
  • Matheis Kent, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Rodolphus Kent, who arrived in New York in 1789

Kent Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Redmond Kent, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Michael Kent, aged 25, arrived in America in 1822
  • Pierce Kent, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1852
  • Randal Kent, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Adam Kent, aged 37, arrived in New York in 1864

Kent Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Amelia Kent, who landed in Colorado in 1901


  • Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), American artist, writer and graphic artist
  • Charles Kent (1852-1923), British-born American silent film actor and director who appeared in 141 films
  • Carol Kent (b. 1953), American politician
  • Carolyn Kent (1935-2009), American activist
  • Don Kent (1933-1993), American wrestler
  • Don Kent, American music producer
  • Don E. Kent (1917-2010), American meteorologist
  • Jack Kent (1920-1985), American illustrator
  • Mr. Edward Austin Kent (d. 1912), aged 58, American First Class passenger from Buffalo, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Earl George Philip Nicholas Kent (b. 1962), Earl of St. Andrews



  • Kent, Gibson, Jeans by Frances E. Caldwell.

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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.

This page was last modified on 22 July 2014 at 15:03.

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