Fenderson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Fenderson family

The surname Fenderson was first found in Huntingdon where Robert le Fendur was listed in the Feet of Fines for 1267. A few years later, Thomas le Fendour was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1301. [1]

Another source notes that "Richard de Vendure witnesses Hugh de Coluncis' grant to Motesfont Priory, Hampshire; Oliver de Vendoure and 'Willielmus frater ejus' that of Simon de Crevecoeur to Bullington Priory, Lincolnshire. Gunilda de Wendoure paid a fine in Buckinghamshire in 1202.

The phonetic sound of the name pointed to many different spellings. "Richard de Wendour was Archdeacon of Axfordby in 1230: and two of the name, Hugo de Wendor, of Lincolnshire, and Alan de Vendur of Yorkshire, occur about 1272 in the Hundredorum Rolls " [2]

"Sir John de Wendour was Chamberlain of Chester 9 and 15 Edward. In the Issue Roll, under date 50 Ed. II I. , we find the following entry : '20th November.—To John Vendour of Newark, coming by command of the Council from Lincoln, to bring Sir William de Cantelupe, knight, to the Tower of London, upon suspicion had against him for the death of Nicholas de Cantelupe, his brother, slain : and there safely and securely to keep him in the King's prison until otherwise respecting the same William it should be ordered by the King and his Council. In money paid, &c., in discharge of one hundred shillings, which the Lord the King commanded to be paid him for the wages and expenses of himself and his men going with him and his retinue, for the safe custody of the aforesaid William.' "

"In some cases Vendoure appears to have been synonymous with the English local name of Wendover. Oliver de Vendoure of Lincolnshire, for instance, is, as often as not, styled in the Monasticon, Oliver de Wendover." [2]

Early History of the Fenderson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fenderson research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1381, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Fenderson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fenderson Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Fenderson has appeared include Fender, Fendor, Fendur, Fendere, Vendor, Vender, Fenter, Fentor, Fendour and many more.

Early Notables of the Fenderson family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Fenderson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Fenderson family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Fenderson arrived in North America very early: George Fender, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Philadelphia in 1868; and John Fender, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1854.


Contemporary Notables of the name Fenderson (post 1700) +

  • James H. Fenderson, American Republican politician, Mayor of Saco, Maine, 1915-17 [3]
  • George W. Fenderson, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 2000 (alternate), 2004 [3]
  • Gene Fenderson, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 2000, 2004 [3]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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