Kentner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Kentner dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the county of Kent. The surname Kentner 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 Kentner family

The surname Kentner 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]

Important Dates for the Kentner family

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

Kentner Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Kentner have been found, including Kent, Kents, Kentish and others.

Early Notables of the Kentner 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...
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kentner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kentner family to Ireland

Some of the Kentner 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.

Kentner migration to the United States

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Kentner, or a variant listed above:

Kentner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georg Kentner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764 [3]
Kentner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A Kentner, aged 26, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [3]

Kentner migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kentner Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Kentner George U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 married to Sarah Brown with 2 children [4]

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Citations

  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)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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