Last name: Kent

This long-established surname is of English locational origin from the county thus called, spelt as "Cantium" in 51 B.C., and as "Cantia", circa 730 in Bede's "Historia Ecclesiastica". The name is believed to derive from the Celtic "canto" (Welsh "cant"), meaning "rim" or "border"; hence, "border land" or "coastal district". The surname from this source is first recorded in the latter half of the 12th Century (see below), and other early recordings include: William Kent, who appeared in the 1296 Subsidy Rolls of Sussex, and John a (of) Kent, recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk, dated 1524. An early namebearer to settle in the New World Colonies was Nicholas Kent, who embarked from London on the ship "Plaine Joan" bound for Virginea in May 1635. An interesting namebearer, recorded in the "Dictionary of National Biography", was William Kent (1684 - 1748), a painter, sculptor and architect; he built Devonshire House, Piccadilly, and executed the Statue of Shakespeare at Poet's Corner. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Nicholas de Kent, which was dated 1185, in the "Knights' Templars Records of Warwickshire", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Susan
My Kent links are from S E London/N Kent/Birmingham/St.Albans,Herts.

Maisie Kent
My surname is Kent and in the village that live in there is about 4 different Kent Family. My dad's name is actually Clarke Kent! I must be a super hero!

Alex Kent

Hi guys I'm from the 13th generation of Kent in Australia descended from the eldest child of John Kent from England who came on the first fleet and I know there is another line of descendants from his other child that goes for 12 generations.

Glynn
I am a Kent from Suffolk. Looking and wondering what might be around so to speak

Gregory
Any Kent family genealogist out there? Looking to compare DNA for family line. When did the first Kent's come over to America and what were their names?

Justin Kent
My Kent ancestors lived in Hertfordshire during the 18th and early 19th century. The family were in Much Hadham for many years, before moving to Bishops Stortford. No luck in confirming earlier records, but I suspect they lived in or near London prior.

Tiffany
Well Im trying to figure things out here..my Grandpa's surname is Kent ..and he seems to think we are black..but we all have fair skin, green,blue or hazel eyes....but the feautures of black people.....my grandmas maiden name is Brightwell which is also an english origin name ....this whole thing is confusing ....her family origins show records of slaves but i cant figure out where they came from ..

Ed
My brother has researched our Kent family name to St Eval, Cornwall to 1500s. We were there 3weeks ago and the Vicar had a special service for us and our "ancient" relatives - very special emotional Event

Steven Kent Propst
A family of Kent's moved from Saskatchawan to Independence, Colorado in the 1800s, had a daughter, who had kids, who had kids of which I am one, and is from where I received my middle name. Any genealogists out there know more about this family?

Marcus Kent

I am Marcus Luther Kent from Hyderabad, India. I can be reached at marcuslutherkent@yahoo.co.in. My Great grandfather is from Waterford, Ireland. My grandfathers brother's name is Terrence Kent and he is a foot specialist. He was also the mayor of a county in England.