Where did the English kent family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the kent family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name kent include Kent, Kents, Kentish and others.
First found in Berkshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them travelled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name kent or a variant listed above: Humphrey Kent and his wife Joane settled in Virginia in 1619; Richard and Stephen Kent who settled in Newbury Port in Massachusetts in 1634; Edward settled in New England in 1630.
Suggested Readings for the name kent
* Kent, Gibson, Jeans by Frances E. Caldwell.
Some noteworthy people of the name kent
* Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), American artist, writer and graphic artist
* Arthur Kent (b. 1953), Canadian television journalist, brother of Peter Kent, best known for his reporting on the 1991 Persian Gulf war where he was nicknamed "The Scud Stud"
* Barbara Kent (b. 1909), Canadian actress, named 'Miss Hollywood' in 1925
* Crauford Kent (1881-1953), British actor
* Peter Kent (b. 1943), Canadian (English-born) television journalist and politician
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