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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.
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.  "The Kendalls of Cornwall, long and still resident at Pelyn, were formerly of Treworgy in that county." 
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
Kendall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Kendall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Kendall Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Kendall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Kendall Settlers in New Zealand 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: Virtus depressa resurget
Motto Translation: Virtue, though depressed, shall rise again.
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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