Kent Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Gent, Dent, Ken, Bent, Best, Went, Kant, West, Belt, Kett

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Kent Family Origin

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Kent Family Occupations

What did your Kent ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Kent. 2% of Kent men worked as a General Labourer and 53% of Kent women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kent were Gardener and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated

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

Kent Historical Records

What Kent family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 496,000 census records available for the last name Kent. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kent 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 47,000 immigration records available for the last name Kent. 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 72,000 military records available for the last name Kent. For the veterans among your Kent ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kent Life Expectancy

What is the average Kent lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Kent life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kent in 1942 was 21, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kent

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kent 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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