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

In ancient Scotland, Kentle was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in Westmorland, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

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In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Kentle 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.


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

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

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Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them: George Kendall, who came to the Virginia colony in 1606; William Kendal, who settled in Virginia in 1653 with his wife Mary; Henry,John and Robert Kendall, who all settled in Virginia in 1635.

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