Lent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Lent family

The surname Lent was first found in Buckingham where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1275 when Clemence de Lentone held lands.

Early History of the Lent family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lent research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Lent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lent Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Lent family name include Lenton, Lent, Lentone and others.

Early Notables of the Lent family (pre 1700)

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


United States Lent migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Lent surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Lent Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Lent, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [1]
Lent Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Lent, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762 [1]
Lent Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W M Lent, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • A Lent, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • J A Lent, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Joseph Lent, who arrived in St Clair County, III in 1866 [1]
  • Francis J Lent, who arrived in Arkansas in 1891 [1]

Canada Lent migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lent Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Lent U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lent (post 1700) +

  • Norman Frederick Lent (1931-2012), American Republican-Conservative member of the United States House of Representatives from New York
  • Francis J. Lent, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 11 aerial victories
  • Norman Frederick Lent Jr. (1931-2012), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate, 1963-70 (2nd District 1963-65, 6th District 1966, 7th District 1967-70) [3]
  • James Lent (1782-1833), American politician, Representative from New York 1st District, 1829-33 [3]
  • Frank B. Lent, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 36th District, 1958 [3]
  • B. Frank Lent, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Ithaca, New York, 1916-21 (acting, 1916); Candidate for New York State Assembly from Tompkins County, 1928 [3]
  • Abraham F. Lent, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 5th District, 1911-12 [3]
  • Abraham Lent, American politician, Member of New York State Senate 6th District, 1866-67 [3]
  • Helmut Lent, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 110 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Lent Benham, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hartland, 1820 [4]

Flight 191
  • R E Lent, American passenger from Los Angeles, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [5]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area


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