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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.

Brent Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Brent Spelling Variations


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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.

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Brent Early History


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Brent Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brent research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1309, 1601 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Brent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brent Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brent Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Robert de Brent of Cossington; and Margaret Brent (c.1601-c.1671), an English immigrant to the Colony of Maryland from Gloucestershire, the first...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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
  • Margaret Brent, who landed in Maryland in 1638
  • Fulke Brent, who arrived in Maryland in 1638
  • Gibe., Brent, who arrived in Maryland in 1638
  • ... (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
  • Susannah Brent, who landed in Virginia in 1711
  • Peter Brent, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Peter Brent 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
  • Benjamin Brent, who landed in New York in 1843
  • A G Brent, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • August Brent, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1857
  • Christine Brent, aged 19, arrived in New York, NY in 1867

Brent Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • George Brent who settled in Bona Vista, Newfoundland, in 1677 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brent (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brent (post 1700)



  • 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
  • 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
  • Joseph L. Brent, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Sault SAINTE Marie, 1927; Cairo, 1929; Paris, 1932; U.S. Consul in Istanbul, 1938
  • J. J. Brent, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1940
  • J. H. Brent, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1944
  • Innes B. Brent, American politician, Postmaster at Lexington, Kentucky, 1794-98
  • H. M. Brent, American politician, U.S. Consul in Callao, 1884
  • George William Brent (1821-1872), American politician, Delegate to Virginia secession convention, 1861
  • Robert Brent, American politician, Mayor of Washington, District of Columbia, 1802-12
  • Robert James Brent (1811-1872), American Democrat politician, Maryland State Attorney General, 1851; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1860
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Brent Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brent 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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