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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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?

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!

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?

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 ..

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.

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

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

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.

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.

David Kent
I managed to trace my family origins to John Kent who attended Trinity College Oxford. I beleive he was married to Charlotte Windsor in the 1500s.

Regina Kent
I am only 15 but I have no idea where my dads side of the family comes from where I got my name becuase I haven't takes to him in 8 years considering he told me he dident want me. So I am just curious if my origin.

margaret kent
From neath south wales father was from Staffordshire

Hi all!! I'm looking for any descendants of John Kent born 1866 in New England. Please contact me

Devin M. Kent
Hello fellow name bearers, I was born in West Palm Beach, FL in 1990. My father George R. Kent was born in Amarillo, TX in 1953 on an air-force base. His father was also named George R. Kent but they have different middle names that both start with the letter R, he was also born in Texas but I don't know when or where. So cool to see the name "Kent" is all over the Globe!

Candice kent
My father and grandfathers names were Oredas David Kent.

Sheila Nava
My grandfather was Richard Kent married to Edna Pennington. They both passed in March 1956 and May 1956 in Kansas City, Missouri. My mother was Jennie Lou Kent and her brother is Joseph Kent. They were born on the same date but 3 years apart- January 12, 1940 and 1937. I am trying to find out more information on the side of my mother's father. Please contact if you have any information to share with me.

Randall Monroe Kent
Hello, I live in Kentucky and I am the last male member of my family. I have been researching the Kent name for two decades and will gladly share information with any other interested person, or compare DNA's. I have found connections of the Kents to Francis Marion (the swamp fox) of South Carolina, land for the William and Mary college in Williamsburg Virginia and one of the founders of Mars Hill college in North Carolina. Im not selling anything I am a working man that lives in the hills of Kentucky and makes a living working,yep, a blue collar person. So to dispel any thoughts of me having anything to sell, I dont. Please feel free to get in touch with me at

Dennis Kent
My ancestors are, (going back,) Mack Darcy Kent, Darcy Ernest Kent, Fred L. Kent, John Kent, William Kent, and William Kent, who apparently came to the US from Essex, around 1750. Interestingly, further ancestors, named Hoit, Hoyt, Hoight, Haight and Hayt, (illiterate, apparently,) came to Mass in 1629, 9 years after the Mayflower, can't claim that. Does anyone else have these ancestors? Upper NY, to VT, to ON, to Michigan. Fred L. Kent (no middle name) owned and operated the general store in Horr, MI around 1890-1910 or so.

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