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The name Stent is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the parish of Staines in the counties of Middlesex and Surrey. The latter appears in the Domesday Book [1] as "Stanes" derived from the Old English word "stan" and meant "place at the stones". [2] One of the first records of the name was Sir William Staine who married into the Yarboroughs of Heslington Hall about the year 1100.


The surname Stent was first found in Yorkshire where they may have given their name to a number of places in Yorkshire including several Staintons, Stainland, Stainforth or Stainburn. Staines-upon-Thames, commonly referred to simply as Staines, is a town on the River Thames in the borough of Spelthorne in Surrey (in the historic county of Middlesex.) Early records also revealed Richard of Staines (or Richard de Stanes) (d. 1277), a English clerical judge who acted as an Itinerant Justice, then was appointed justice of the Court of King's Bench in 1209 and finally Lord Chief Justice in 1269.

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Stent were recorded, including Stain, Staine, Staines, Stane, Stanes, Stayn and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stent research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1725, 1613, 1665 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Stent History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Stent family emigrate to North America:

Stent Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Stent, who arrived in Maryland in 1636

Stent Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Stent arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838
  • Sarah Stent arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Bronte" in 1849

Stent Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Stent landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • Edmund Stent, aged 26, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Ann Stent, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Charles Stent, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • James Stent arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860


  • Angela Stent (b. 1947), American foreign policy expert, Professor of Government at Georgetown University
  • Gunther S. Stent (1924-2008), born Günter Siegmund Stensch, German-born, American Graduate Professor of Molecular Biology
  • Charles Thomas Stent (1807-1885), English dentist who developed the eponymous medical device named stent
  • Peter Stent (1613-1665), seventeenth century London printseller
  • Mark "Spike" Stent (b. 1965), British record producer, and audio engineer
  • Malcolm Stent (b. 1945), British actor, musical performer and playwright


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Stent Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stent 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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