The name Kentisbury first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the county of Kent
. The surname Kentisbury 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 Kentisbury family
The surname Kentisbury 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.
Early History of the Kentisbury family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kentisbury 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 Kentisbury History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kentisbury Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Kentisbury has appeared include Kent
, Kents, Kentish and others.
Early Notables of the Kentisbury 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 1391-2, 1393-4, 1401-2... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kentisbury Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kentisbury family to Ireland
Some of the Kentisbury 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.
Migration of the Kentisbury family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Kentisbury arrived in North America very early: Humphrey Kent
and his wife Joane, who settled in Virginia in 1619; Richard and Stephen Kent
who settled in Newbury Port in Massachusetts in 1634; Edward Kent
, who settled in New England