The ancestors of the name Kentishbey date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the county of Kent
. The surname Kentishbey 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 Kentishbey family
The surname Kentishbey 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 Kentishbey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kentishbey 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 Kentishbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kentishbey Spelling Variations
Kentishbey has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Kentishbey have been found, including Kent
, Kents, Kentish and others.
Early Notables of the Kentishbey 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 Kentishbey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kentishbey family to Ireland
Some of the Kentishbey 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 Kentishbey family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Kentishbeys to arrive on North American shores: 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