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

Cornwall in southwestern England provides the original birthplace of the surname Kendall. As populations grew, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. This was due to the heavy political and cultural influence of the English upon the Cornish People at the time that surnames first came into use. Local surnames were derived from where a person lived, held land, or was born. While many Cornish surnames of this sort appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames derived from lost or unrecorded place names. The name Kendall history began in Treworgy in Duloe.

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Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Kendall, Kendal, Kendel, Kendell, Kendale and others.

First found in Treworgy in Duloe, and are traced to Richard Kendall or Treworgy, Burgess for Lunceston in the forty-third of Edward III. For many centuries Pelyn was the family seat for this family. And it here that Walter, the third son of John Kendall of Treworgy married a daughter and coheir of Robert Holland, an illegitimate son of a Duke of Exeter. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kendall research. Another 423 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1577, 1643, 1625, 1640, 1647, 1708, 1690, 1694, 1686 and 1696 are included under the topic Early Kendall History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 165 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kendall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Kendall:

Kendall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • George Kendall, who came to the Virginia colony in 1606
  • Henry, John and Robert Kendall, who all settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Francis Kendall, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Mary Kendall, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Cha Kendall, who landed in Virginia in 1653


Kendall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Catherine Kendall, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Danll Kendall, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Henry Kendall, who arrived in Virginia in 1737

Kendall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Amos Kendall, who arrived in Mississippi in 1856

Kendall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Kendall, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Kendall, aged 32, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • Abraham Kendall, aged 33, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"
  • John Kendall (aged 38), a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • William Francis Kendall, aged 18, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"


Kendall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • W Kendall landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • William Kendall arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • William Kendall arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • Martha Kendall arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • J.W. Kendall arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865


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  • Donald Mcintosh Kendall (b. 1921), American CEO of PepsiCo from 1971 to 1986
  • Edward Calvin Kendall (1886-1972), American biochemist, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1950
  • Henry Way Kendall (b. 1926), American activist and physicist, professor of physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1961-1999, winner of Nobel Prize in Physics in 1990
  • David Evan Kendall (b. 1944), American attorney and Rhodes Scholar
  • Lieutenant-General Paul Wilkins Kendall (1898-1983), American Commanding General 6th Army (1955-1957)
  • Carol Kendall (1917-2012), American author of children's books
  • Kay Kendall (1927-1959), English actress
  • Sir Maurice George Kendall (1907-1983), English mathematician
  • Mr. Henry George Kendall (1874-1914), English Ship’s Captain from Blundellsands, Waterloo, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Barbara Kendall MBE (b. 1967), New Zealand boardsailor, she won a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona

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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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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Kendall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kendall 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.

This page was last modified on 10 June 2015 at 21:53.

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