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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.

Kent Early Origins



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.

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Kent Spelling Variations


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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.

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Kent Early History


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Kent Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kent research. Another 379 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1190, 1296, 1413, 1391, 1393, 1401, 1405, 1409, 1383, 1390 and 1404 are included under the topic Early Kent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kent Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kent Early Notables (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 1391-2, 1393-4, 1401-2...

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.

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Kent In Ireland


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Kent In Ireland



Some of the Kent family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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
  • Edward Kent, who settled in New England in 1630
  • Joshua, and John Kent, 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
  • Matheis Kent, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Rodolphus Kent, who arrived in New York in 1789

Kent Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Redmond Kent, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Michael Kent, aged 25, arrived in America in 1822
  • Pierce Kent, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1852
  • Randal Kent, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Adam Kent, aged 37, arrived in New York in 1864
  • ... (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

Kent Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • John Kent, who came to Brigus, Newfoundland in 1676 [1]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

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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Kent Stephen U.E. (b. 1748) who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1828 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • James Kent, arrived in Newfoundland in 1794 [1]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

Kent Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • George Kent, who was a planter of Small Point, Newfoundland in 1818 [1]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
  • Michael Kent from county Wexford, who was on record in St. John's, Newfoundland [1]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
  • John Kent, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Patrick Kent, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1836
  • Mr. John Kent, aged 15 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Triton" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Charles Kent, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Richard Kent, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Thomas Kent, English convict from Hereford, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  • William Kent arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Buckinghamshire 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kent Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kent (post 1700)


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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 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Kent Historic Events


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Kent Historic Events




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 on May 29th 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Lloyd Shackleton Kent (1919-1941), Australian Signalman from East Malvern, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Leonard David Kent, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. John Arthur Kent, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Alfred Kent, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Raymond George Kent, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John George Kent, English Lounge Steward from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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

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Suggested Readings for the name Kent


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Suggested Readings for the name Kent



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

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Kent Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Kent Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kent 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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