Clendon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clendon research. Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clendon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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New Zealand Clendon migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

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


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