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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: German, Scottish


In ancient Scotland, the ancestors of the Enders family were part of a tribe called the Picts. The name Enders is derived from the baptismal name Andrew which in Greek means manly. The name was popular as both a personal name and a surname, likely because it was the name of Scotland's patron saint. In Gaelic the name is Aindrea and Anndra which again means manly.

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The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Enders has been spelled Andrew, Andrews, MacAndrew, Androw, Androe, Andro and many more.

First found in Caithness (Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness. This family was strongly associated with the Clan Ross. It was originally known as the Clan Siol Andrea, meaning the race of Andrew. However, from about the year 1100 the Andrews moved south to the Dumfriesshire area of southwest Scotland. Duncan Andrew, Chief of the Clan, rendered homage to King Edward I of England in 1296. [1] Some of the family were found further south in England, specifically at Shotley in Northumberland where "Shotley Hall is said to have been built by Dr. Andrews, physician to the first royal Duke of Cumberland." [2]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Enders research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1395, 1463, 1600, 1958, 1600, 1661, 1660, 1661, 1659, 1649, 1650 and are included under the topic Early Enders History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Enders Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Enders family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Enders:

Enders Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Anna Veronica Enders, who settled in New York in 1710
  • Anna Felicitas Enders, who came to Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Johan Geo Enders, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Johan Yerick Enders, aged 38, landed in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Johannes Enders, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749


Enders Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Caroline Enders, who arrived in Texas in 1840-1850
  • Martin A Enders, aged 29, arrived in Missouri in 1841
  • Philipp Enders, aged 20, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • Sophie Runkel Enders, aged 60, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • Catherine Enders, aged 28, landed in New York, NY in 1848


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  • Thomas Ostrom Enders (1932-1996), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Canada (1976-1979), United States Ambassador to the European Communities in 1979
  • Arthur Carl "Ace" Enders (b. 1982), American musician, lead singer and guitarist of the band The Early November
  • Trevor Hale Enders (b. 1974), American retired Major League Baseball player who played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 2000 season
  • John Franklin Enders (1897-1985), American bacteriologist awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1954
  • Tracy Enders, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 2008
  • Thomas Ostrom Enders (1932-1996), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Canada, 1975-79; Spain, 1983-86
  • Don Enders, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008
  • David Enders, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schoharie County, 1953-58
  • David Enders, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schoharie County, 1896
  • Dieter Enders (b. 1946), German organic chemist, awarded the 1993 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize

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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: Victrix fortuna sapientia
Motto Translation: Wisdom is the conqueror of fortune.

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  5. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Enders Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Enders 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.

This page was last modified on 11 February 2016 at 16:22.

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