Our Kent Family Patriarchs
Last Updated: 26 July 2015
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Active Kent family researchers interested in furthering their own genealogical knowledge have submitted the following patriarch lineages. Many have contributed the results of their branch’s “Y-DNA” test (as listed on the “y-Results” tab above, cross-referenced by the DNA kit number). ALL Kent researchers, whether they have contributed DNA or not, are encouraged to post their lineage on this page, and to collaborate.
This page is arranged by haplogroups as either predicted or confirmed Family Tree DNA. Please search through all of the lineages to see if you recognize any names or locations. Those that share the same haplogroup do share a common genetic ancestor, however, the test results must be compared to determine if the connection is within modern history or beyond the scope of genealogical interest.
Early Origins of the Surname of Kent
This long-established surname is of English locational origin from the county thus called, spelt as "Cantium" in 51 B.C., and as "Cantia", circa 730 in Bede's "Historia Ecclesiastica". The name is believed to derive from the Celtic "canto" (Welsh "cant"), meaning "rim" or "border"; hence, "border land" or "coastal district". The surname from this source is first recorded in the latter half of the 12th Century, and other early recordings include: William Kent, who appeared in the 1296 Subsidy Rolls of Sussex, and John a (of) Kent, recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk, dated 1524. An early namebearer to settle in the New World Colonies was Nicholas Kent, who embarked from London on the ship "Plaine Joan" bound for Virginia in May 1635. An interesting namebearer, recorded in the "Dictionary of National Biography", was William Kent (1684 - 1748), a painter, sculptor and architect; he built Devonshire House, Piccadilly, and executed the Statue of Shakespeare at Poet's Corner. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Nicholas de Kent, which was dated 1185, in the "Knights' Templars Records of Warwickshire", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
The above is as printed online at The Internet Surname Database, (http://www.surnamedb.com), © copyright: Name Origin Research www.surnamedb.com 1980 - 2014, reprinted with permission.
Lineages to Earliest Known Kent Ancestor
If an individual decides to research haplogroups and subclades (a subgroup of a haplgroup), it should be kept in mind that haplogroups/subclades have evolved over the past decade along with genetic science. Multiple laboratories and scientists have made so many discoveries during that time that the names of the haplogroups have changed over the years. Scientific papers published on haplgroups/subclades may be under a previously known title and the "path" a current subclade took over the years should be considered. When possible this "path" will be identified on this page. The final number is the most important when conducting haplogroup/subclade research (for example, with the first example below, research on I-M253 would be the target).
The Haplogroup of “I” is estimated to have originated about 25,000 years ago among the people of Eastern Africa and Southern Europe. After the ice age, it spread into Northern Europe and is considered the only native European Haplogroup, representing nearly one-fifth of today’s European population. The following lineages are in Haplogroup "I" and within that haplogroup there are smaller subclades (subgroups), as identified from their y-DNA test.