The name Clendon is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from MacLennan
as an alternative variant. The surname Clendon was primarily based in the Scottish Gaelic of MacGilleFhinnein.
The translation of this Gaelic surname meant servant of Finnan
who became revered as a saint.
Early Origins of the Clendon family
The surname Clendon was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Clendon family
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Clendon Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Clendon include Clendon, Clendin, Clandon, Clanton, Clenton and others.
Early Notables of the Clendon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clendon family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Clendon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- J R Clendon, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1834 aboard the ship Fortitude
Contemporary Notables of the name Clendon (post 1700)
- James Reddy Clendon, first United States Consul to New Zealand, 1839-1841, signatory to the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand