Brent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Brent came to England with the ancestors of the Brent family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Brent family lived in Somerset in the area of Brent, from where their family name is taken. The Brent family was originally from Conteville, in the arrondissement of Eure in Normandy.

Early Origins of the Brent family

The surname Brent was first found in Somerset where they are conjecturally descended from Ralf de Conteville who was Lord of the manor of Brent, and an undertennant of the Abbot of Glastonbury, as shown in the Domesday Book in 1086. They were originally of Conteville in the arrondisement of Eure in Normandy.

Sir Falkes de Breauté (died 1226) also known as Fulk de Brent was loyal to both King John and later King Henry III. He played a key role in the Battle of Lincoln Fair in 1217. "At the Conquest [the parish of Luton, Bedofrdshire] was held in royal demesne; and in 1216 came into the possession of Baron Fulk de Brent, who built a strong castle there." [1]

Early History of the Brent family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brent research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1309, 1573, 1652, 1589, 1593, 1594, 1598, 1607, 1623, 1601 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Brent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brent Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Brent, Brente and others.

Early Notables of the Brent family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Nathaniel Brent (1573?-1652), warden of Merton College, Oxford, the son of Anchor Brent of Little Wolford, Warwickshire. His grandfather's name was Richard, and his great-grandfather was John Brent of Cosington, Somersetshire. "He became 'portionist,' or postmaster, of Merton College, Oxford, in 1589; proceeded B.A. on 20 June 1593; was admitted probationer fellow there in 1594, and took the degree of...
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United States Brent migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Brent or a variant listed above:

Brent Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Margaret Brent (born c. 1600, Gloucestershire, England-died 1669/71, Westmoreland county, Virginia) who arrived in Maryland in 1638 and obtained a patent for 70 acres. She was the first woman in the colony to hold land in her own right
  • Mary Brent, who arrived in Maryland in 1637 [2]
  • Margaret Brent, who landed in Maryland in 1638 [2]
  • Fulke Brent, who arrived in Maryland in 1638 [2]
  • Gibe., Brent, who arrived in Maryland in 1638 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Brent Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Brent, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [2]
  • Susannah Brent, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [2]
  • Peter Brent, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [2]
  • Peter Brent, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Peter and Thomas Brent, who both arrived in Philadelphia in 1741
Brent Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Brent, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [2]
  • Benjamin Brent, who landed in New York in 1843 [2]
  • A G Brent, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • August Brent, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1857 [2]
  • Christine Brent, aged 19, who arrived in New York, NY in 1867 [2]

Canada Brent migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brent Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • George Brent who settled in Bona Vista, Newfoundland, in 1677 [3]

Australia Brent migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brent Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Brent, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 28th March 1848, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) from Bermuda [4]

New Zealand Brent migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brent Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Brent, (b. 1838), aged 24, Cornish farm labourer departing on July 1862 aboard the ship "Queen of the Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [5]
  • Mr. George Brent, (b. 1838), aged 24, Cornish farm labourer, from Cornwall travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [6]
  • Mr. Brent, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th July 1874 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brent (post 1700) +

  • George Brent (1904-1979), American (Irish born) film actor
  • Richard Brent (1757-1814), American politician, U.S. Congressman and Senator from Virginia
  • J Allen Brent (b. 1921), American beverage company executive
  • Richard Brent (1757-1814), American politician, Representative from Virginia, 1795-99, 1801-03; Member of Virginia State Senate, 1808-10; U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1809-14 [7]
  • Joseph Lancaster Brent (b. 1905), American Democrat politician, Member of California State Assembly 1st District, 1856-58; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1876 [7]
  • Joseph L. Brent, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Sault SAINTE Marie, 1927; Cairo, 1929; Paris, 1932; U.S. Consul in Istanbul, 1938 [7]
  • J. J. Brent, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1940 [7]
  • J. H. Brent, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1944 [7]
  • Innes B. Brent, American politician, Postmaster at Lexington, Kentucky, 1794-98 [7]
  • H. M. Brent, American politician, U.S. Consul in Callao, 1884 [7]
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bangalore
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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