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Where did the Scottish Kendall family come from? What is the Scottish Kendall family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kendall family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kendall family history?

In ancient Scotland, the first people to use Kendall as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name someone who lived in Westmorland, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.


The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations in a single document. Kendall has been spelled Kendall, Kendal, Kendel, Kendell, Kendale and others.

First found in Westmorland, where they held a family seat in the ancient barony of Kendall from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kendall research. Another 423 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1647, 1708, 1690 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Kendall History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kendall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them:

Kendall Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • George Kendall, who came to the Virginia colony in 1606
  • Henry, John and Robert Kendall, who all settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Francis Kendall, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Mary Kendall, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Cha Kendall, who landed in Virginia in 1653

Kendall Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Catherine Kendall, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Danll Kendall, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Henry Kendall, who arrived in Virginia in 1737

Kendall Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Amos Kendall, who arrived in Mississippi in 1856


  • Donald Mcintosh Kendall (b. 1921), American CEO of PepsiCo from 1971 to 1986
  • Edward Calvin Kendall (1886-1972), American biochemist, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1950
  • Henry Way Kendall (b. 1926), American activist and physicist, professor of physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1961-1999, winner of Nobel Prize in Physics in 1990
  • David Evan Kendall (b. 1944), American attorney and Rhodes Scholar
  • Lieutenant-General Paul Wilkins Kendall (1898-1983), American Commanding General 6th Army (1955-1957)
  • Carol Kendall (1917-2012), American author of children's books
  • Kay Kendall (1927-1959), English actress
  • Sir Maurice George Kendall (1907-1983), English mathematician
  • Barbara Kendall MBE (b. 1967), New Zealand boardsailor, she won a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona
  • Anthony Bruce Kendall (b. 1964), New Zealand two-time Olympic medalist in yachting



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus depressa resurget
Motto Translation: Virtue, though depressed, shall rise again.


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  2. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  11. ...

The Kendall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kendall Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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