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

The Rendall name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Rendall is derived from the baptismal name Randel. In this case the surname Rendall was a diminutive of the personal name Rand, a short form of various German names with the first element rand meaning shield. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Rendall were recorded, including Randall, Rendle, Randal, Rendel, Rendell and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rendall research. Another 269 words(19 lines of text) covering the year 1436 is included under the topic Early Rendall History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Rendall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Rendall family emigrate to North America:

Rendall Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Philip Rendall, who landed in New England in 1634
  • Robert Rendall, who arrived in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1647
  • Giles Rendall, who arrived in Maryland in 1671

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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: Nil extra numerum
Motto Translation: Nothing out of time.

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