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Where did the English Stent family come from? What is the English Stent family crest and coat of arms? When did the Stent family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Stent family history?

The name Stent is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the parish of Staines in the counties of Middlesex and Surrey. The latter appears in the Domesday Book [1] as "Stanes" derived from the Old English word "stan" and meant "place at the stones". [2] One of the first records of the name was Sir William Staine who married into the Yarboroughs of Heslington Hall about the year 1100.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Stent were recorded, including Stain, Staine, Staines, Stane, Stanes, Stayn and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and may have given their name to a number of places in Yorkshire including several Staintons, Stainland, Stainforth or Stainburn. Early records also revealed Richard of Staines (or Richard de Stanes) (d. 1277), a English clerical judge who acted as an Itinerant Justice, then was appointed justice of the Court of King's Bench in 1209 and finally Lord Chief Justice in 1269.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stent research. Another 157 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1725, 1613, 1665 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Stent History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Stent family emigrate to North America:

Stent Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Stent, who arrived in Maryland in 1636

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  • Gunther S. Stent (1924-2008), American Graduate Professor of Molecular Biology
  • Charles Stent (1807-1885), nineteenth-century English dentist
  • Peter Stent (1613-1665), seventeenth century London printseller
  • Mark 'Spike' Stent, British record producer, and audio engineer
  • Malcolm Stent (b. 1945), British actor, musical performer and playwright


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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The Stent Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stent 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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