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Origins Available: German, Scottish


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The surname Enders was 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.

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.


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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.

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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


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

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  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  6. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  7. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. 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.

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