Dent Family History

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Dent Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Cumbria and West Yorkshire named Dent, possibly from a British hill name cognate with Old Irish dinn, dind ‘hill’. English and French: nickname from Old French dent ‘tooth’ (Latin dens, genitive dentis), bestowed on someone with some deficiency or peculiarity of the teeth, or of a gluttonous or avaricious nature.

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

Similar surnames: Dente, Gent, Pont, Kent, Denz, Dant, Bent, Denny, West, Denk

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Dent Family Origin

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Dent Family Occupations

What did your Dent ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dent. A less common occupation for the Dent family was Labourer. The most common Dent occupation in the UK was Farmer. 7% of Dent's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Dent ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Dent Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 189,000 census records available for the last name Dent. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dent census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Dent. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 44,000 military records available for the last name Dent. For the veterans among your Dent ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dent Life Expectancy

What is the average Dent lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Dent life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Dent in 1941 was 42, and 69 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dent ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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