The surname Avent is a patronymic
surname created from the Welsh personal name
Lefan, or Evan, which is a cognate of the personal name John.
Early Origins of the Avent family
The surname Avent was first found in Herefordshire
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Avent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Avent research.Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1050, 1632, 1080, 1607, 1660, 1645, 1679, 1630, 1702, 1720, 1693, 1734, 1723, 1715, 1680, 1749 and are included under the topic Early Avent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Avent Spelling Variations
Although there are comparatively few Welsh
surnames, they have a great many spelling variations
. Variations of Welsh
names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh
society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic
language of Wales
, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations
of the name Avent have included Evans, Evan, Evance, Evands, Evanson, Evason, Evens, Evenson and many more.
Early Notables of the Avent family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Rhirid Flaith a descendant in the Evans line about 1080; Arise Evans (or Rhys or Rice Evans) (1607-1660), a Welsh
prophet and fanatic; Saint Philip Evans (1645-1679), Welsh
priest, declared guilty of treason and executed, one of The Forty Martyrs of... Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Avent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Avent family to Ireland
Some of the Avent family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 207 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Avent family to the New World and Oceana
joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh
families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh
immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Avent:
Avent Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Charles Avent, aged 1, who settled in America, in 1910
- Elizabeth Avent, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1910
- Henry Avent, aged 5, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
- James Avent, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1910
- Margaret Avent, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Avent (post 1700)
- Mayna Treanor Avent (1865-1959), American artist who ownded a summer studio in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Elkmont, Tennessee
- James Monroe Avent (1895-1995), American Standard Oil executive based in China from 1919 to 1949
- Tony Avent, American horticulturist and plantsman
- Anthony Avent (b. 1969), retired American professional NBA basketball player