Show ContentsTrent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Trent comes from the family having resided in the settlement of Trent in the county of Dorset, or on the banks of the Trent River. The surname Trent belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, farmsteads, or other locations.

Early Origins of the Trent family

The surname Trent was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Trent family

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Trent Spelling Variations

Trent has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Trent, Trente, Trend and others.

Early Notables of the Trent family (pre 1700)

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Trent Ranking

In the United States, the name Trent is the 1,281st most popular surname with an estimated 24,870 people with that name. [1]

United States Trent migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Trents to arrive on North American shores:

Trent Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo Trent, aged 27, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Jo Trent who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Humphry Trent, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [2]
  • Humphrey Trent, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • John Trent, who arrived in Virginia in 1647 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Trent Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Valentine Trent, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1811 [2]

Canada Trent migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Trent Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Henry Trent, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Trent migration to Australia +

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

Trent Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Trent, (b. 1854), aged Infant, Cornish settler born aboard the ship "Clara" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 19th November 1854 [3]

New Zealand Trent migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Trent Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Trent, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred The Great" in 1859
  • Mr. Trent, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th March 1863 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Trent (post 1700) +

  • Charles Wilburn "Buck" Trent (b. 1938), American country music instrumentalist
  • Alphonse "Alphonso" Trent (1905-1959), American Jazz pianist and band leader
  • Morgan Trent (b. 1985), American NFL football cornerback
  • Gary Dajaun Trent (b. 1974), American retired professional NBA basketball player
  • Dr. John Trent, American author of Christian marriage and family books
  • Derek Trent (b. 1980), American retired competitive skater pair skater
  • Major William Trent (1715-1787), American soldier and merchant in the French and Indian Wars, son of William Trent, founder of Trenton, New Jersey
  • William Peterfield Trent (1862-1939), American professor of English literature at Columbia University
  • Jackie Trent (1940-2015), born Yvonne Burgess, British singer/songwriter
  • Group Captain Leonard Henry Trent VC, DFC (1915-1986), New Zealand, pilot in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, recipient of the Victoria Cross

The Trent Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Augeo
Motto Translation: I increase.

Suggested Readings for the name Trent +

  • The Lawson Golden Book by Virginia Ruth Lawson Trent.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  4. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook