Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Kentlesber is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the county of Kent
. The surname Kentlesber 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 Kentlesber family
The surname Kentlesber 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 Kentlesber family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kentlesber 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 Kentlesber History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kentlesber Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Kentlesber has been spelled many different ways, including Kent
, Kents, Kentish and others.
Early Notables of the Kentlesber 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 Kentlesber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kentlesber family to Ireland
Some of the Kentlesber 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 Kentlesber family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Kentlesbers to arrive in North America: 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