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Where did the English Rendell family come from? What is the English Rendell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rendell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rendell family history?The origins of the name Rendell are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Randel. In this case the surname Rendell 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.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Rendell family name include 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rendell research. Another 269 words(19 lines of text) covering the year 1436 is included under the topic Early Rendell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Rendell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Rendell 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.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Rendell surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Rendell Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Rendell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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.
The Rendell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rendell 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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