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Kent

First Name
68k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
44k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kent

"Kent" is a name of English origin, and it means "High". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A county in southeastern England on the English Channel; formerly an Anglo-Saxon kingdom, it was the first to be colonized by the Romans
  2. United States painter noted for his woodcuts (1882-1971)
Wiktionary

From Old English Cent, from Latin Cantium, from Brythonic *Cantio (compare Old Irish céite 'gathering, folkmoot, hillock').

  1. A maritime county in the southeast of England bordered by East Sussex, Surrey, Greater London, the North Sea and the English Channel.
  2. A town in Connecticut
  3. A census-designated place in Iowa
  4. A city in Minnesota
  5. A town in New York
  6. A city in Ohio
  7. A city in Washington, USA
  8. A surname​ derived from the place name.
  9. A male given name transferred from the surname; of mostly American usage, but never popular.

Kent was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Kent

Kent Allard (print) is a comics character.

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Kent Bazemore is a basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks, →Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association. He was most prominent from 2012 to present. Kent was born on July 1st, 1989 in Kelford, North Carolina.

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Kent Hovind is an evangelist, christian theme park operator, and evangelism.

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Kent Beck is a scientist in the field of software engineering.

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Kent McCord is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1964. Kent was given the name Kent Franklin McWhirter on September 26th, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Kent Haruf was a fiction novelist. Kent was born on February 24th, 1943 in Pueblo, Colorado. He breathed his last breath on November 30th, 2014.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kent

Clark Kent is a comics character.

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Muhtar Kent is a chairman, ceo of the coca-cola company, chief executive officer, and chairmanandceoofthe coca-cola company. Muhtar was given the name Ahmet Muhtar Kent by his parent Necdet Kent in 1952 in New York City.

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Her most notable accomplishments were from 1994 to present. Heather was given the name Heather Paige Kent on January 5th, 1969 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.

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Perturbator is a synthwave and 80's dark synth musician. He has been prominent since 2012. Perturbator was given the name James Kent .

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Bobby was born on May 12th, 1973 in Iran. They passed away on July 14th, 1993.

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Jonathan Kent is a comics character.

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How popular is the baby name Kent in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1885 5 0 5
1891 7 0 7
1893 8 0 8
1894 5 0 5
1895 6 0 6
1899 5 0 5
1900 5 0 5
1902 6 0 6
1903 7 0 7
1906 6 0 6
1907 8 0 8
1908 10 0 10
1909 13 0 13
1910 11 0 11
1911 18 0 18
1912 22 0 22
1913 35 0 35
1914 25 0 25
1915 46 0 46
1916 59 0 59
1917 56 0 56
1918 53 0 53
1919 63 0 63
1920 91 0 91
1921 71 0 71
1922 98 0 98
1923 99 0 99
1924 89 0 89
1925 121 0 121
1926 128 5 123
1927 124 0 124
1928 128 0 128
1929 138 0 138
1930 166 0 166
1931 179 0 179
1932 209 0 209
1933 197 0 197
1934 249 0 249
1935 351 0 351
1936 436 0 436
1937 405 0 405
1938 435 0 435
1939 495 0 495
1940 578 0 578
1941 677 0 677
1942 718 0 718
1943 812 0 812
1944 746 5 741
1945 715 0 715
1946 887 0 887
1947 1,120 0 1,120
1948 1,027 0 1,027
1949 1,071 0 1,071
1950 1,233 0 1,233
1951 1,331 6 1,325
1952 1,618 0 1,618
1953 1,637 5 1,632
1954 1,733 9 1,724
1955 1,860 6 1,854
1956 2,139 5 2,134
1957 2,298 0 2,298
1958 2,403 0 2,403
1959 2,475 8 2,467
1960 2,405 6 2,399
1961 2,386 11 2,375
1962 2,590 5 2,585
1963 2,411 9 2,402
1964 2,254 9 2,245
1965 1,855 7 1,848
1966 1,582 12 1,570
1967 1,404 10 1,394
1968 1,225 6 1,219
1969 1,224 0 1,224
1970 1,159 6 1,153
1971 1,013 10 1,003
1972 792 5 787
1973 729 0 729
1974 589 5 584
1975 502 0 502
1976 507 0 507
1977 485 0 485
1978 500 0 500
1979 482 0 482
1980 499 0 499
1981 503 5 498
1982 563 6 557
1983 560 5 555
1984 553 5 548
1985 535 0 535
1986 466 0 466
1987 444 0 444
1988 459 0 459
1989 437 0 437
1990 394 0 394
1991 365 0 365
1992 369 0 369
1993 330 0 330
1994 301 0 301
1995 227 0 227
1996 257 0 257
1997 239 0 239
1998 228 0 228
1999 191 0 191
2000 215 0 215
2001 177 0 177
2002 168 0 168
2003 192 0 192
2004 159 0 159
2005 154 0 154
2006 139 0 139
2007 147 0 147
2008 139 0 139
2009 122 0 122
2010 129 0 129
2011 132 0 132
2012 114 0 114
2013 161 0 161
2014 148 0 148
2015 156 0 156
2016 164 0 164

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Popularity of Kent as a first name

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Popularity of Kent as a last name

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Common last names for Kent

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  • Nelson
  • Peterson
  • Lewis
  • Robinson
  • Martin
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kent U.S.
  White 83.88% 64.26%
  African American 10.41% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.81% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.67% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.94% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.29% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kent

People with the last name Kent are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Kent

  • How Popular is the name Kent? Kent is the 822nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Kent was the 778th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kent have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 68,396 babies born with the first name Kent in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kent to occupy the territory of Bermuda (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 64,237 (as of May 20, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kent? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1885 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kent first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kent is Wednesday, August 14th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Kent born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kent was in 1962 with a total of 2,585 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kent!
  • Random Kent Factoid: According to the 1948 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kent ranks 80th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Colorado. Imagine that, 40 babies in Colorado have the same name as you in 1948.
  • Weird things about the name Kent: Your name in reverse order is Tnek. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Etnk. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kent? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 44,325 people with the last name Kent.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kent? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 15 of them will have Kent as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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