Clendaniel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Clendaniel surname was taken on from the place name Glendonwyne, a parish of Westerkirk, Dumfriesshire, on record since the 13th century. [1] [2] The name literally means "one who came from Glendinning (glen of the fair hill)." [3]

Early Origins of the Clendaniel family

The surname Clendaniel was first found in Dumfriesshire. "Douglas (Baronage) states that a charter was granted by John Macgill of that Ilk (de eodem) to Adam de Glendonwyn of all his part of the lands and beronies of Clifton and Merbotel in the shire of Roxburgh prior to 1286." [4]

Continuing from this source: "In 1313 Sir Adam obtained a discharge of all bygone feu-duties from Archibald Douglas, lord of Galloway, and in 1398 John of Glendonwyne and Symoun of Glendonwyne were two of the 'borowis' for the earl of Douglas's bounds of the West March, and Symon of Glendonwyn was hostage for Archibald, Earl of Douglas, 1408." [4]

Early History of the Clendaniel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clendaniel research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1408, 1450, 1467, 1451, 1239, 1504, 1587, 1599, 1667, 1720, 1798, 1408, 1387, 1388, 1401 and are included under the topic Early Clendaniel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Clendaniel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Glendinning, Glendowyn, Glendowyne, Glendonyn, Glendonwyn, Glendening, Glendon, Glenden, Glendin, Glendining, Glendinnin, Glendyning, Glendounn, Clendenning, Clendinning and many more.

Early Notables of the Clendaniel family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Matthew de Glendonwyn (d. 1408), late 14th and early 15th century bishop of Glasgow, elected to the see after the death of Cardinal Walter Wardlaw, his predecessor as bishop, elected sometime between Wardlaw's death in September and Matthew's first appearance as bishop-elect in December, consecrated some months after his election...
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clendaniel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Clendaniel family to Ireland

Some of the Clendaniel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Clendaniel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Clendaniel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William W. Clendaniel, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • Anne Clendaniel, aged 28, who settled in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1921
  • Mary Clendaniel, aged 56, who immigrated to Lincoln City, Delaware, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Clendaniel (post 1700) +

  • Howard A. Clendaniel (1932-2018), American farmer and politician who served in the Delaware House of Representatives
  • Max Clendaniel (b. 1989), American camerman, director and writer, known for his work on The 84th Academy Awards
  • Charles Clendaniel, American cinematographer
  • Cameron Clendaniel, American editor, producer and writer, best known for Aristide and the Endless Revolution (2005) and American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (2009)


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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