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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.


The surname Kendall was 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] "The Kendalls of Cornwall, long and still resident at Pelyn, were formerly of Treworgy in that county." [2]

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.


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.


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


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 Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Kendall Jesse U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Kendall Nathan U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784

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


  • Doug Kendall (1964-2015), American lawyer, founder of the Constitutional Accountability Center
  • Carol Kendall (1917-2012), American author of children's books
  • Lieutenant-General Paul Wilkins Kendall (1898-1983), American Commanding General 6th Army (1955-1957)
  • David Evan Kendall (b. 1944), American attorney and Rhodes Scholar
  • 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
  • Edward Calvin Kendall (1886-1972), American biochemist, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1950
  • Donald Mcintosh Kendall (b. 1921), American CEO of PepsiCo from 1971 to 1986
  • Howard Kendall (1946-2015), English footballer and manager who played from 1963 to 1981 and managed from 1979 to 1999, inducted into the League Managers Association's Hall of Fame
  • 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
  • Sir Maurice George Kendall (1907-1983), English mathematician



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.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

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  3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. 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.

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