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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  • Kent — /kent/, n. 1. James, 1763 1847, U.S. jurist. 2. Rockwell /rok wel , weuhl/, 1882 1971, U.S. illustrator and painter. 3. William, 1685 1748, English painter, architect, and landscape gardener. 4. a county in SE England. 1,445,400; 1442 sq. mi.… …   Universalium

  • Kent — Kent, OH U.S. city in Ohio Population (2000): 27906 Housing Units (2000): 10435 Land area (2000): 8.687165 sq. miles (22.499654 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.020613 sq. miles (0.053388 sq. km) Total area (2000): 8.707778 sq. miles (22.553042 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • kent — kent; kent·i·cism; kent·ish; kent·ish·man; kent·ledge; tash·kent; un·kent; …   English syllables

  • Kent — a ↑county in southeast England, sometimes called the Garden of England because of the fruit and vegetables it produces. Kent 2 Kent, Clark a character in US ↑comics (=magazines with stories told in pictures) , films, and television programmes… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Kent — es un condado inglés, situado al sureste de Londres. El condado ocupa un área de 3.736 Km² y tiene una población (2003) de 1.599.912 habitantes. Su capital es Maidstone. Kent limita con East Sussex, Surrey, Gran Londres y Essex. Tiene también una …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Kent, IA — U.S. city in Iowa Population (2000): 52 Housing Units (2000): 27 Land area (2000): 0.258541 sq. miles (0.669617 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.258541 sq. miles (0.669617 sq. km) FIPS code:… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Kent, MN — U.S. city in Minnesota Population (2000): 120 Housing Units (2000): 47 Land area (2000): 0.192247 sq. miles (0.497917 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.192247 sq. miles (0.497917 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Kent, OH — U.S. city in Ohio Population (2000): 27906 Housing Units (2000): 10435 Land area (2000): 8.687165 sq. miles (22.499654 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.020613 sq. miles (0.053388 sq. km) Total area (2000): 8.707778 sq. miles (22.553042 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Kent, WA — U.S. city in Washington Population (2000): 79524 Housing Units (2000): 32488 Land area (2000): 28.034020 sq. miles (72.607775 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.237692 sq. miles (0.615619 sq. km) Total area (2000): 28.271712 sq. miles (73.223394 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Kent — Kent1 [kent] 1. James 1763 1847; U.S. jurist 2. Rockwell [räk′wel΄] 1882 1971; U.S. artist Kent2 [kent] county in SE England: formerly, an Anglo Saxon kingdom (6th 9th cent. A.D. ): 1,442 sq mi (3,735 sq km); pop. 1,509,000 …   English World dictionary

  • Kent [4] — Kent, 1) William, einer der Begründer der neuern engl. Gartenkunst, geb. 1685 in Yorkshire, gest. 12. April 1748 in Burlington, war Kutschenmaler, widmete sich dann in Rom der Malerei und ging auf Veranlassung Lord Burlingtons zur Architektur… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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