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Where did the English Wrench family come from? What is the English Wrench family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wrench family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wrench family history?The name Wrench came to England with the ancestors of the Wrench family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wrench family lived in Cambridgeshire, at Wrench.
Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Rench, Wrench, Renche, Wrenche and others.
First found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Haddenham. Conjecturally they are descended from one of seven Freemen who held this village from the Abbot of Ely. Haddenham was included in the Domesday Book,  a census taken in 1086 and initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wrench research. Another 214 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wrench History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Wrench Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Wrench or a variant listed above:
Wrench Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Wrench Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Wrench Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wrench 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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