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Trent Family History

Trent Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone living on the banks of any of the several rivers so called. The river name is of British origin; it may be composed of the unattested elements tri ‘through’, ‘across’ + sant- ‘travel’, ‘journey’; alternatively it may mean ‘traveler’ or ‘trespasser’, a reference to frequent flooding. There is a village in Dorset of this name, on the river Trent or Piddle, and the surname may therefore also be a habitational name derived from this. Scottish: probably of the same origin as 1, though in some cases it may be from a reduced form of Tranent, a place in East Lothian.

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


Similar surnames: Brent, Street, Trento, Uren, Trant, Oren, Rentz, Dent, Wren, Krenz

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Where is the Trent family from?

You can see how Trent families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Trent family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Trent families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 54 Trent families living in Virginia. This was about 39% of all the recorded Trent's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Trent families in 1840.
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What did your Trent ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and House Work were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Trent. 22% of Trent men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Trent women worked as a House Work. Some less common occupations for Americans named Trent were Salesman and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Laborer
    22%
  • Miner
    4%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • House Work
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Trent. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Trent. For the veterans among your Trent ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Trent lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Trent life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Trent in 1944 was 23, and 73 in 2004.

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