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The Anglo-Saxon name Bent comes from when the family resided in Cheshire and Lancashire. Originally, the surname was derived from the Old English word beonet, which meant by the grassy plain. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Other records show that the name was also a nickname derived from the Christian name Bennet or Benjamin and was frequently used by the Benedictine monks.

Bent Early Origins



The surname Bent was first found in Cheshire and Lancashire, but we must look to Northumberland for the first listing of the surname; for it is there that we find Nicholas Bent listed in the Assize Rolls of 1256. Later, the Subsidy Rolls of 1327 in Staffordshire list Adam del Bent. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Robert de la Bende was listed in Shropshire during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377.) [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Bent Spelling Variations


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Bent Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bent has been recorded under many different variations, including Bent, Benn, Ben, Bente, Bend and others.

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Bent Early History


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Bent Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bent research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1600, 1600 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Bent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bent Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bent Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 18 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bent or a variant listed above:

Bent Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Bent who arrived in the sailing ship "Confidence" from Southampton in 1638
  • John Bent, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1638
  • Peter Bent, who arrived in New England in 1656
  • William Bent, who landed in Virginia in 1664

Bent Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Bent settled in Marlborough
  • Herman Bent, aged 28, landed in Missouri in 1848
  • Major Bent, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • H K W Bent, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1871

Bent Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Elijah Bent, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Samuel Bent, who landed in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760

Bent Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Bent, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"
  • John Bent, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
  • Christopher Bent, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"

Bent Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Bent arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wyvern" in 1856

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bent (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bent (post 1700)



  • William W. Bent, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bridgeport; Elected 1910
  • William H. Bent, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1888
  • Silas Bent, American politician, Postmaster at Brooke Court House, Virginia, 1801-03
  • James E. Bent, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1960 (alternate), 1964; Delegate to Connecticut State Constitutional Convention 1st District, 1965
  • H. K. W. Bent, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Los Angeles, California, 1873-77
  • Daniel A. Bent, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Hawaii, 1983-93
  • Charles D. Bent, American Democrat politician, First Selectman of Enfield, Connecticut, 1904-11; Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Enfield, 1922
  • Bartlett Bent Jr., American Republican politician, Mayor of Middletown, Connecticut, 1867; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1868, 1872; Postmaster at Middletown, Connecticut, 1869-86
  • Charles Bent (1799-1847), American fur trader, who was made first Governor of the New Mexico Territory
  • Arthur Cleveland Bent (1866-1954), American ornithologist
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bent Historic Events


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Bent Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. James Bent, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nec temere, nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Bent Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bent 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 8 November 2016 at 18:53.

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