The Dent Family
Dent is a market town, on the banks of the Dee, a river in the
west riding of Yorkshire. The town is five miles from Sedburgh, on the border of
Westmoreland. It has been said that the family name is derived from this little
town. - C. W. Bardsley: Dictionary of Surnames, 237.
Will. de Dente, parchemener, appears in a list of freemen of York in 1365,
the earliest appearance of the name.
In the Visitation of Yorkshire, of 1564, Harl. Sco. vol. XVI, 99, can be
found what appears to be the earliest known connected history of the family. The
arms, as given there, are: "Or on a bend sable three lozenges erminois."