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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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.

Marcus Kent

I am Marcus Luther Kent from Hyderabad, India. I can be reached at 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.

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

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

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.

Well Im trying to figure things out 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 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 ..


Hi. I'm a kent and I'm jamaican-American.

Andrea Kent

Hello I am a Kent and we my family is African American many of us are fair skinned my great grandmother had blue grey eyes and one of my daughters was born with gray eyes as well. I would love to trace my family tee.


I have researched a man called John Kent, born in Carlisle in England who was the one of ten children born to a freed slave named Thomas Kent (he married a woman called Mary Pickering) who landed in England from the West Indies in the late 18th century. John Kent was recently recognized as Britain's first black police constable from 1836 - 1844 before working as a railway signalman and attendent at the Citadel station in Carlisle. i have no information about where his 9 siblings went to. I have noted that John Kent was survived by a son who went to Australia.

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?

Chris Kent
What part of Saskatchewan? I am from the Weyburn (southern) area.

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!

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

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?

ML Kent
Long ago I read that our modern name Kent was derived from the Celtic or Gaelic "ceann tir" (head land) which referred to the cliffs found in southeastern England, today's County Kent. Why Celtic? When the Romans came to England they found it inhabited by Celtic tribes who of course spoke earlier Celtic languages. I don't know why this website deals with only the British version when the name is found also in Ireland. The greatest number of the martyrs of the Easter Rising of 1916 in Ireland were named Kent. Eamonn Ceannt, who was one of the leaders, had changed his name from Edward Kent to its Irish version. Some of the Kents found in Ireland trace back to Englishmen who came with Strongbow and thereafter. But my family proves to go back to true Gaelic Irish origins, shown by recent DNA test.

Trevor Kent
Im a Kent in Ireland, I believe families of Kents settled in Meath (and up north) in the 12th or 13th century. I would love to know more about the History of the Kent name in Ireland and of the family before it settled In ireland.

I believe I am a decendant from tge Ireland Kents. They arrived in Maryland and the county was named Kent Counry. The Kent's leave lineage in their names.

A. Kent
Is it possible that the surname 'Kent' could be a corruption of 'Kant'. The Kant surname is Flemish and Flemish immigrants arrived in England and the British Isles during the Middle Ages. I find it highly possible that it could have been corrupted, meaning that the surname 'Kent' could have two sources, the explanation above or as a corruption of 'Kant'. Kent and Flanders are very close, the shore of France you see from Kent is historically part of Flanders which the French nicked to put it bluntly. I find it highly probable that the surname could have two origins.

adam kent
proud to have a surname associated with a county in the u.k.

my surname is kent and it is awesome. I guess I was named after superman. [Clark Kent]

Dustin Kent
My surname is Kent. And I personally get sick of people stating,"like Clark Kent,Superman?"

Amanda Kent
People always ask me if I'm related to Superman too! Also, there is a man that lives in the same town as I and his name is actually Clark Kent! Ha

James Kent
Do you know Jeremy Kent?

Randall Kent
My name is Randall Monroe Kent My family has traced our history all the way back to the revolutionary war,and we were here in america long before that. I have a handwritten will where a John Kent was giving his possesions to his decendants and it appears as if he owned a lot of northern Virginia including where williamsburg Virginia is today and on down the river to where Glouchester Virginia is now. He was willing pieces of land of 500 acres to sons and daughters (He had 11 children) a minimum of 500 acres each.

If anyone out here wants to communicate with me, Im 60 years old and live in Kentucky my e-mail address is and I would love to talk to any Kent,decendant of,or related in anyway to the Kents. I have discharge papers from civil war Kents, (that fought on both sides) and paperwork showing that we are related to Francis Marion "The swamp fox" of south carolina.

Joshua Kent

My brother's name is jeremy kent

My surnames Kent. It sounds dead posh.

Calvin kent

Hey guys I am a kent from Canada an I'm looking to see if I have any family in the uk I would love to connect with family across the pond as I am looking to plan a trip and would love to know more about our heritage