Show ContentsKentishbay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Kentishbay family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the county of Kent. The surname Kentishbay 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 Kentishbay family

The surname Kentishbay 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 Kentishbay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kentishbay 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 Kentishbay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kentishbay Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Kentishbay include Kent, Kents, Kentish and others.

Early Notables of the Kentishbay 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Kentishbay family to Ireland

Some of the Kentishbay 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.

Migration of the Kentishbay family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Kentishbay or a variant listed above: 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 in 1630.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3) on Facebook