Show ContentsKenton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Kenton date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Kenton family lived in one of the variety of places called Kenton in the counties of Devon, Middlesex, Northumberland, and Suffolk.

Early Origins of the Kenton family

The surname Kenton was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Kenton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenton research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1154, 1536 and 1530 are included under the topic Early Kenton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kenton Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Kenton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Kenton include: Kenton, Kentone and others.

Early Notables of the Kenton family (pre 1700)

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United States Kenton migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kenton or a variant listed above:

Kenton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Kenton, who settled in Maryland in 1634
  • Anne Kenton, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Thomas Kenton, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [1]
Kenton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Kath Kenton, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]

Australia Kenton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kenton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Kenton (post 1700) +

  • Erle C Kenton (1896-1980), American director, writer, and actor
  • Simon Kenton (1755-1836), American frontiersman, named brigadier general of the militia and served in the war of 1812 at the battle of the Thames
  • Stan Kenton (1912-1979), American jazz composer/pianist
  • William Miller Kenton (1799-1869), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1837-39 [3]
  • William Gordon Kenton, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives 75th District; elected unopposed 1973; elected 1975; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1980 [3]
  • W. T. Kenton, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1916 [3]
  • Darren Edward Kenton (b. 1978), English professional footballer
  • Professor Derek Kenton Jones M.B.E., British Director for Cardiff University Brain Imaging Research Centre, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Medical Imaging and to the Promotion of Science Engagement [4]
  • George Kenton Sisler (1937-1967), United States Army intelligence officer, receipient of the Medal of Honor, eponym of the USNS Sisler (T-ARK-311)
  • Jeffrey Kenton Duty (b. 1995), American actor best known for his role as "Young Jacob" on the final season of the ABC primetime drama, Lost

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  4. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook