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

Hendee is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hendee family lived in the place named Hendon, in Middlesex. The place-name is derived from an Old English expression that means at the high hill or in the valley with the deer. The place named Hendon is in the London Metropolitan area and is situated some seven miles north-west of Charing Cross. The Hendron variant is now chiefly found in Co. Armagh, Ireland, but it earliest origins lie in Middlesex.

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Hendon, Henden, Hendwn and others.

First found in Middlesex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The lands were owned by Westminster Abbey before and after 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hendee research. Another 97 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 1639 and 1865 are included under the topic Early Hendee History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hendee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hendee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Hendee or a variant listed above: Susan Hendon who settled in Maryland in 1729.

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The Hendee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hendee 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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