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

The ancestry of the name Kentner dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the county of Kent. The surname Kentner 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.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Kentner have been found, including 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kentner 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 Kentner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Kentner 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.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Kentner, or a variant listed above:

Kentner Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Georg Kentner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764

Kentner Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • A Kentner, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1847

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The Kentner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kentner 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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