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Origin: Welsh
Meaning: Bright White

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Kent

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Kent in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Kent:

  • Records indicate that 66,222 boys in the United States have been named Kent since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1962, when 2,581 people in the U.S. were given the name Kent. Those people are now 59 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


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      8 Positive Comments

  • "Very old British name. Derived from ancient Kindgom of Kent that was swallowed up by Kingdom of England and now composes as England's county of Kent near London. There're also Kent counties in U.S. & Canada." Jul. 24, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kent here and I am at least a second one on Facebook and many other places. It's rare, but I once sat in an office back to back to another one for a few months. When I was young, I was told the name signified "white and bright" or one of fair complexion. The "man of the borderlands" is a new one on me." Feb. 4, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love being the ONLY Kent **** on all of Facebook. It makes me very easy to find." Oct. 4, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kent and I've always loved it. Unique but not weird. Occasional Superman reference but is that really a bad thing?" Jun. 11, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my last name, and some females that married in my family named their sons this as a first name. Love my name, and its history. There is a Kent, England. But the name is actually Welsh. It means one who dwells by the cliffs." Mar. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My best friend's name is Kent. When people hear it for the first time they usually go "Like Superman?" or "Like the cigarettes?". There's a city here in Washington named Kent so people usually comment on that as well. I think it's a great name." Apr. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband is named Kent. I love the name. Not too common, but not weird. Sometimes people hear Ken and not Kent. I correct them by saying Kent, as in Clark Kent. Most people get the Superman reference." Apr. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriends name is Kent and people often think we're a unique couple bc of our unique names (mines Tabitha). I love his name! He's the only person i know with that name. I love him so much(by the way) and I've never seen it spelled any different. He has an awesome name to me." Jan. 31, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      3 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Kent. I don't care what others think about it. I love it. The first established king of the Celts ruled from Kent and those people dwelled by the edge of the land and the ocean near cliffs etc. Bright White cliffs anyone. Its a powerful name." May. 19, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "Proud since 1952 of my name. The uniqueness lends style and a certain elan. Of course, there have been the inevitable Clark Kent/Superman references, but it works since I have the forelock. (Look it up) I love the simple directness of my name, it?s strength and distinction." Mar. 19, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Add an "a" after the last letter of this surname/first name and you end up with what looks like a girl's name but which is actually a Japanese male name. Of course, in the 1987 TV program Hikari Sentai Maskman (Light Squadron Maskman), which was some years before Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger (let alone Mighty Morphin Power Rangers which is based on Zyuranger), Black Mask's first name is Kenta - or Leonard, which is his name in the Tagalog version in the Philippines. That same series in France was re-titled 'Bioman 2: Maskman', in which Black Mask's first name was, of course, Kent (without the 'a')." Apr. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

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