Brent Family History
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Brent Name Meaning
topographic name for someone who lived by a piece of ground that had been cleared by fire, from Middle English brend, past participle of brennen ‘to burn’. habitational name from any of the places in Devon and Somerset named Brent, probably from Old English brant ‘steep’, or from an old Celtic (British) word meaning ‘hill’, ‘high place’. byname or nickname for a criminal who had been branded; compare Henry Brendcheke (‘burned cheek’), recorded in Northumbria in 1279.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press