Show ContentsKentlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Kentlay family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the village of Cantley in either the counties of Norfolk or Yorkshire. Both parishes date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when they were known as Cantelai (in Norfolk) and Canatela (South Yorkshire.) [1]

Early Origins of the Kentlay family

The surname Kentlay was first found in Norfolk, where Wimer de Cantele was listed in the Feet of Fines for 1198. [2] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 include Rogerus de Cantelay as holding lands there at that time. [3]A very rare name the next entry we found was in 1581 where Peter Cantley was listed as a Freeman of York. [2]

In Scotland, the family is from "the Yorkshire place of the name. William Cantuli was admitted burgess of Aberdeen, 1452, and William Cantuly or Cantuli held land there before 1497. Andrew Cantly was admitted burgess in 1508. Master John Cantly or Cantely appears as archdeacon of St. Andrews, 1524 ant 1541. Gilbert Cantlie, witness in Shetland, 1626." [4]

Early History of the Kentlay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kentlay research. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1198, 1379, 1452, 1581, 1626, 1790, 1797, 1500, 1854 and 1806 are included under the topic Early Kentlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kentlay 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 Kentlay include Cantlay, Cantley, Cantele, Cantelay, Cantuli, Cantlie, Gantlet, Gantley and many more.

Early Notables of the Kentlay family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Cantley, the Archdeacon of St. Andrews in Scotland in the early 1500s, and Sir Proby Thomas Cantley, a lieutenant-colonel in the Bengal artillery and director of the Ganges Canal who was knighted in 1854. Henry John Gauntlett, eldest son of the Rev. Henry Gauntlett, was born in...
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Migration of the Kentlay 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 Kentlay or a variant listed above: Alexander Cantley who arrived in Philadelphia in 1852.

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. 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