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Kendrew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Kendrew family lived. The name Kendrew comes from the Gaelic name Mac Aindreis, which means son of Andrew.

Early Origins of the Kendrew family

The surname Kendrew was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, 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.

Early History of the Kendrew family

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Kendrew Spelling Variations

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Kendrew has been written M'Andrew, M'Andrews, MacAndrew, MacAndrews and others.

Early Notables of the Kendrew family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Kendrew family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kendrew Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • W Kendrew, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Kendrew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Louisa Kendrew, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855

Contemporary Notables of the name Kendrew (post 1700)

  • Sir John Cowdery Kendrew CBE, FRS (1917-1997), English biochemist and crystallographer who shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Major General Sir Douglas Anthony Kendrew KCMG, CB, CBE, DSO & Three Bars (1910-1989), British officer and Governor of Western Australia from 1963 to 1974
  • Gordon Kendrew Pape (b. 1936), American-born, Canadian author, best know for his personal finance guides

The Kendrew Motto

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: Fortuna juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours.

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