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Origins Available: German, Scottish

Where did the German Enders family come from? What is the German Enders family crest and coat of arms? When did the Enders family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Enders family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Ende, End, Enden, Ender, Endern, Endegeest, Endepoel, Enderl, Enderlein, Enderli, Enderlin, Endermann, Enders, Endgasser, Endingen, Endorf and many more.

First found in Saxony, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Enders research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1564, 1587 and 1767 are included under the topic Early Enders History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Enders Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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


  • 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
  • Dieter Enders (b. 1946), German organic chemist, awarded the 1993 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize
  • Dr Thomas "Tom" Enders (b. 1958), German business executive, chief executive of Airbus Group
  • René Enders (b. 1987), German four-time gold and two-time bronze medalist track cyclist
  • Klaus Enders (b. 1937), retired German Sidecar racer, World Sidecar Champion in 1967, (1969-1970) and (1972-1974)


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: Ne tentes aut perfice
Motto Translation: Attempt not or accomplish.


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  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. 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 5 March 2014 at 08:36.

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