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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.

Kenton Early Origins



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.

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Kenton Spelling Variations


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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.

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Kenton Early History


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Kenton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenton research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 115 and 1154 are included under the topic Early Kenton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kenton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kenton Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kenton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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 settled in Maryland in 1634
  • Anne Kenton settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Thomas Kenton, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

Kenton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Kath Kenton, who arrived in Virginia in 1705

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kenton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kenton (post 1700)



  • William Miller Kenton (1799-1869), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1837-39
  • William Gordon Kenton, American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives 75th District; elected unopposed 1973; elected 1975; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1980
  • W. T. Kenton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1916
  • 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
  • Darren Edward Kenton (b. 1978), English professional footballer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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    The Kenton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kenton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 6 October 2015 at 15:21.

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