Kent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kent belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the county of Kent. The surname Kent belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names. As a general rule, the greater the distance between individuals and their homelands, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, people who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of the region or country from which they came.

Early Origins of the Kent family

The surname Kent was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. The first record of this family was at Thatcham, shown in the Domesday Book as King's Land, containing a church and two mills. This is one of Berkshire's oldest villages.

The Hundreodumn Rolls had two early listings for the family and both had the Norman "de" prefix which was quite common at the time: Robert de Kent, Norfolk; and Gilbert de Kent, Lincolnshire. [1]

Further to the north in Scotland, the family was "settled at Innerwick in East Lothian, in the middle of the twelfth century. Radulfus de Kent received some lands in Ennyrwic from Walter the Steward c. 1165, and before 1177 he witnessed the gift of the church of Cragin (Craigie) in Kyle to the monks of Paisley. " [2]

Early History of the Kent family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kent research. Another 216 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1190, 1296, 1379, 1413, 1391, 1392, 1393, 1394, 1401, 1402, 1405, 1406, 1409, 1410, 1383, 1390 and 1404 are included under the topic Early Kent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kent Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Kent include Kent, Kents, Kentish and others.

Early Notables of the Kent family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Kent (died 1413), a politician from Reading in the English county of Berkshire, a mercer in the town of Reading and was elected Mayor there for the years 1391-1392, 1393-1394, 1401-1402...
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kent World Ranking

In the United States, the name Kent is the 676th most popular surname with an estimated 42,279 people with that name. [3] However, in Canada, the name Kent is ranked the 850th most popular surname with an estimated 6,308 people with that name. [4] And in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Kent is the 259th popular surname with an estimated 171 people with that name. [5] Australia ranks Kent as 304th with 11,789 people. [6] New Zealand ranks Kent as 675th with 1,052 people. [7] The United Kingdom ranks Kent as 355th with 17,681 people. [8]

Ireland Migration of the Kent family to Ireland

Some of the Kent family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Kent migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Kent were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Kent Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Humphrey Kent and his wife Joane, who settled in Virginia in 1619
  • Joane Kent, who arrived in Virginia in 1621 [9]
  • Edward Kent, who settled in New England in 1630
  • Joshua, and John Kent, who, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630
  • Richard and Stephen Kent who settled in Newbury Port in Massachusetts in 1634
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kent Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abraham Kent, who landed in America in 1714 [9]
  • Matheis Kent, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [9]
  • Rodolphus Kent, who arrived in New York in 1789 [9]
Kent Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Redmond Kent, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [9]
  • Michael Kent, aged 25, who arrived in America in 1822 [9]
  • Pierce Kent, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1852 [9]
  • Randal Kent, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [9]
  • Adam Kent, aged 37, who arrived in New York in 1864 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kent Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Amelia Kent, who landed in Colorado in 1901 [9]
  • Mrs. Jane Kent, (b. 1882), aged 21, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Celtic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 24th April 1903 en route to Butte, Montana, USA [10]
  • Mr. William Nicholas Kent, (b. 1880), aged 23, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "Campania" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 18th July 1903 en route to Congress, Arizona, USA [10]
  • Mr. James Kent, (b. 1846), aged 57, Cornish miner, from St Austell, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Canadian" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 14th April 1903 en route to Butte, Montana, USA [10]
  • Mr. Joseph Kent, Cornish settler, from Redruth, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Philadelphia" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 20th June 1903 en route to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Kent migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kent Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Kent Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Kent, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Mrs. Kent Rachel U.E., "Rachael", (née) Bloomfield born in Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA from Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1784 she was married to David Kent having 5 children, she died in 1810 [12]
  • Mr. Kent Stephen U.E. (b. 1748) who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1828 [12]
  • James Kent, who arrived in Newfoundland in 1794 [11]
Kent Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

Australia Kent migration to Australia +

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

Kent Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Kent, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • Mr. William Kent, English convict who was convicted in Berkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 5th June 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • Mr. Thomas Kent(b. 1803), aged 17, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 7th August 1820, sentenced for life for stealing a desk, bank notes, and cash from J.B. Willyams and H. Willyams, transported aboard the ship "Prince of Orange" in October 1820 to Australia [16]
  • Charles Kent, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [17]
  • Richard Kent, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [18]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Kent 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:

Kent Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Kent, aged 28, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Mary Kent, aged 23, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • William Kent, aged 4, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • John Kent, aged 3, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Eliza Kent, aged 5 mths., who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Kent migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [19]
Kent Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Joe Kent, who settled in St. Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635
  • Jo Kent, aged 23, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [9]
  • Mr. John Kent, (b. 1612), aged 23, British settler traveling aboard the ship "William and John" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [20]
  • Edward Kent, who arrived in Barbados in 1685

Contemporary Notables of the name Kent (post 1700) +

  • Herb Kent (1928-2016), American radio host, inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame
  • Donald Theodore "Don" Kent (1944-2015), American collector of blues and bluegrass recordings
  • Jack Kent (1920-1985), American illustrator
  • Don E. Kent (1917-2010), American meteorologist
  • Don Kent, American music producer
  • Don Kent (1933-1993), American wrestler
  • Carolyn Kent (1935-2009), American activist
  • Carol Kent (b. 1953), American politician
  • Charles Kent (1852-1923), British-born American silent film actor and director who appeared in 141 films
  • Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), American artist, writer and graphic artist
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kent family +

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Kent (1873-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [21]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Lloyd Shackleton Kent (1919-1941), Australian Signalman from East Malvern, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [22]
HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Alfred Kent, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [24]
  • Mr. Raymond George Kent, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [24]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Herbert Alexander John Kent (1900-1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [25]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. John George Kent, English Lounge Steward from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [26]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Edward Austin Kent (d. 1912), aged 58, American First Class passenger from Buffalo, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [27]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Texas Thomas Kent Jr., American Seaman Second Class from Arkansas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [28]


Suggested Readings for the name Kent +

  • Kent, Gibson, Jeans by Frances E. Caldwell.

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  12. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  13. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 38)
  14. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  15. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
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  17. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  18. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  19. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  20. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 4th 2021, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  21. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  22. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  23. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  24. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  25. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  26. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  27. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  28. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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