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Hendershott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Hendershott is an ancient Pictish-Scottish name. It is derived from the personal name Hendry, which is a chiefly Scottish derivative of the name Henry. There were two main branches of the Hendershott family, one at Glencoe, in the lower Highlands, and one at Caithness, in the extreme north of Scotland.


Early Origins of the Hendershott family


The surname Hendershott was first found in Caithness, Glencoe, the Shetland Islands, Liddlesdale, and Fordell. One origin claims the Hendershott family descend from Great Henry, son of King Nechtan, who was also the progenitor of the MacDonalds of Glencoe. However, the branch of the Hendershott to whom this story relates also claim to have settled in the Glencoe territory many years before the Maclains or MacDonalds arrived there. This is consistent with the theory that this family are a branch of the northern family who moved south and became attached to the MacDonalds.

Generally noted as great fighters, they became bodyguards of the Chief of the MacDonalds. They were also the hereditary pipers of that Clan, sometimes referred to as the Maclains. Later, in about 1530, there emerged another section of the Henderson Clan in the Border country of Liddesdale but the connection between this group and the main Clan is somewhat tenuous. However, it is known that many of the Highland Clans were invited, coerced or transported, sometimes as a whole sometimes as a branch, to the border country to provide better defenses against English attacks along the Border.


Early History of the Hendershott family


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Hendershott Spelling Variations


Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Hendershott has appeared Henderson, Henreyson, Henryson, MacKendrick and many more.

Early Notables of the Hendershott family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the Clan at this time was James Henderson, of the Fordell line, who became Lord Advocate of Scotland in 1494. Perhaps the greatest Henderson of all was Alexander Henderson (c.1583-1646) of Fife, minister of Leuchars, who attended of St...
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Migration of the Hendershott family to Ireland


Some of the Hendershott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hendershott family to the New World and Oceana


Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Hendershott name:

Hendershott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • E. Hendershott, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "La Touraine" from Havre, France [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXST-7MW : 6 December 2014), E. Hendershott, 07 Sep 1895; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Touraine, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Etta Hendershott, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "La Touraine" from Havre, France [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX7J-6P5 : 6 December 2014), Etta Hendershott, 10 Oct 1896; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Touraine, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Hendershott Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henrietta Hendershott, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Cherbourg, France [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXPL-SXQ : 6 December 2014), Henrietta Hendershott, 06 Aug 1908; citing departure port Cherbourg, France, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Etta Hendershott, aged 49, arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Liverpool, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJM1-36V : 6 December 2014), Etta Hendershott, 18 Apr 1913; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Contemporary Notables of the name Hendershott (post 1700)


  • S. B. Hendershott (b. 1832), American Democrat politician, Miner; Delegate to Oregon State Constitutional Convention from Josephine County, 1857
  • Henry Benham Hendershott (b. 1816), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1876
  • Carl A. Hendershott, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Monroe County 5th District, 1939
  • Robert L. Hendershott (1898-2005), American inductee into the American Numismatic Association Hall of Fame
  • Jen Hendershott (b. 1971), American fitness competitor and former school teacher, winner of the 2005 Fitness International and 2005 Fitness Olympia events
  • Anne Hendershott (b. 1949), née Barnhardt, an American sociologist and author, professor of Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work at Franciscan University
  • Adam Hendershott (b. 1983), American actor, known for Sydney White (2007), Celtic Pride (1996) and Radio Flyer (1992)

The Hendershott Motto


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: Sola virtus nobilitat
Motto Translation: Virtue alone ennobles.


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Citations


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXST-7MW : 6 December 2014), E. Hendershott, 07 Sep 1895; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Touraine, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX7J-6P5 : 6 December 2014), Etta Hendershott, 10 Oct 1896; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Touraine, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXPL-SXQ : 6 December 2014), Henrietta Hendershott, 06 Aug 1908; citing departure port Cherbourg, France, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJM1-36V : 6 December 2014), Etta Hendershott, 18 Apr 1913; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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