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Kent is a classic baby boy’s name of English origin that means “coastal district.” Kent comes from the name of a region in England but is probably best known as the civilian surname of superhero Superman, Clark Kent.

Meaning and Origin of the name Kent:

Kent is an English boy's name of Welsh origin meaning “edge” or “coastal district.”

Kent is the name of a county in England that derives from the Welsh word cant, which means “coastal district,” “corner-land,” or “land on the edge.” The land known as Kent was claimed by and ancient Celtic tribe. Since the land was a coastal region, the tribe named it Kent as it was land on the edge.

Symbolism of the name Kent:

Kent is a coastal region in the southeast corner of England. Kent is perhaps best known as the “Garden of England” for its rich countryside.

Nicknames for the name Kent:

Since Kent is a short name with one syllable, there aren't many nicknames for it. The most common nickname is Ken. Below is a list of additional nicknames to give you options when choosing the best nickname for your baby boy.

Style of the name Kent:


Gender of the name Kent:

Kent is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Kent:


Number of syllables in the name Kent:


Emotion evoked from the name Kent:

Kent evokes feelings of honor and pride.

Alternative spellings for the name Kent:

  • Cent
  • Kant

Popularity of the name Kent:

According to the Social Security Administration, Kent is a popular baby boy’s name that was in the top 1000 baby names list from 1903 to 2003. It peaked at #136 in 1962.

Great middle names for the name Kent and their meanings:

  • Randall (shield-wolf)
  • Jameson (son of the supplanter)
  • Barrett (bear strength)
  • Graham (gravelly homestead)
  • Rowley (rough clearing)
  • Greyson (son of the steward)
  • Brady (broad meadow, large-chested)
  • Parker (park-keeper)
  • Mason (worker in stone)
  • Noah (rest, repose)

Famous people with the name Kent:

  • Kent Brantly (American physician and humanitarian)
  • Kent Boyd (American dancer)
  • Kent Alan Hrbek (American baseball player)
  • Kent Jason Desormeaux (American jockey)
  • Kent Gemmell Douglas (Canadian ice hockey player)
  • Kent Brockman (television, “The Simpsons”)
  • Kent Nelson aka “Doctor Fate” (comics, DC comics)
  • Clark Kent aka “Superman” (comics, DC comics)
  • Kent Capp (video games, “Sims” series)
  • Grayson Kent (television, “Drop Dead Diva”)
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