Kent comes from an English surname which originated as a locational name for someone who came from the name of a county in England. In Old English the name was spelled as Cent which originated from Latin Cantium, meaning “coastal district” or “corner-land, land on the edge”, derived from a Brythonic source.
Kent is also used as a Scandinavian short form of Kenneth, which is the anglicized form of two Gaelic names: Coinneach, which derives from Gaelic caoin meaning “handsome, fair, beautiful, kind”; and Cináed meaning “born of fire”. Kent could also be used as a nickname for Kenton, another English surname derived from a place name meaning “Coena’s settlement” or King’s settlement”- the second element of the name comes from Old English tun (settlement, farm, enclosure) while the first part of the name comes from an Old English given name, Coena or Cena, which may be derived from Old English cyne meaning “royal, kingly” derived from PIE *genh₁- (to produce, beget).
Origin: Brythonic, Gaelic, Proto-Indo-European