Meaning and Origin of: Brent

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Fiery hill
  • Old English : Steep hill

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : topographic name for someone who lived by a piece of ground that had been cleared by fire, from Middle English brend, past participle of brennen ‘to burn’.
  • English : habitational name from any of the places in Devon and Somerset named Brent, probably from Old English brant ‘steep’, or from an old Celtic (British) word meaning ‘hill’, ‘high place’.
  • English : byname or nickname for a criminal who had been branded; compare Henry Brendcheke (‘burned cheek’), recorded in Northumbria in 1279.
  • English : Giles Brent (died 1672) came from Gloucestershire, England, to MD in 1638.