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Endean is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Endean family lived in the place named Hendon, in Middlesex. The place-name is derived from an Old English expression that means at the high hill or in the valley with the deer. The place named Hendon is in the London Metropolitan area and is situated some seven miles north-west of Charing Cross. The Hendron variant is now chiefly found in Co. Armagh, Ireland, but it earliest origins lie in Middlesex.
The surname Endean was first found in Middlesex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The lands were owned by Westminster Abbey before and after 1066.
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval 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. The name has been spelled Hendon, Henden, Hendwn and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Endean research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1639 and 1865 are included under the topic Early Endean History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Endean Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Endean family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Endean or a variant listed above:
Endean Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Endean Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Endean Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Endean 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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