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Kent Family History

Kent Name Meaning
English: habitational name for someone from Kent, an ancient Celtic name. The surname is also frequent in Scotland and Ireland. In Irrerwick in East Lothian English vassals were settled in the middle of the 12th century and in Meath in Ireland in the 13th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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627,378 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
66,701 Military Records
42,110 Immigration Records
461,108 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Kent Families

  • Number of Kent families
     301 - 600
     101 - 300
     1 - 100
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Kent families
     1,195 - 2,388
     399 - 1,194
     1 - 398
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Kent families
     59 - 116
     20 - 58
     1 - 19
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Kent census records

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Kent Family Origin

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Kent Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Kent

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Kent Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Kent census records

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Kent Civil War Service Records

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