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

Henderson Early Origins



The surname Henderson was first found in Caithness, Glencoe, the Shetland Islands, Liddlesdale, and Fordell. One origin claims the Henderson family descend from Great Henry, son of King Nechtan, who was also the progenitor of the MacDonalds of Glencoe. However, the branch of the Henderson 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.


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Henderson Spelling Variations


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Henderson Spelling Variations



In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Henderson has appeared Henderson, Henreyson, Henryson, MacKendrick and many more.

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Henderson Early History


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Henderson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henderson research. Another 399 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1692, 1511, 1494, 1494, 1583, 1646, 1638, 1460, 1500, 1865 and 1618 are included under the topic Early Henderson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Henderson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Henderson Early Notables (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...

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Henderson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Henderson In Ireland


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Henderson In Ireland



Some of the Henderson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North Ameri ca. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Henderson:

Henderson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alex Henderson, who came to Virginia in 1650
  • Alex Henderson, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Gilbert Henderson, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Henrick Henderson, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • Patrick Henderson, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Henderson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Henderson, who was banished to Virginia in 1716
  • Hugh Henderson, who arrived in New England in 1729
  • Anna Henderson, who landed in New York in 1739
  • Don Henderson, who arrived in Boston in 1766
  • Colin Henderson, who settled in Virginia in 1773
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Henderson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Henderson, who landed in America in 1800
  • Prudence Henderson, aged 13, arrived in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1804
  • Elenor Henderson, aged 18, landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1804
  • Ann Henderson, aged 8, arrived in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1804
  • Archibald Henderson, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Henderson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Hamilton McKennie Henderson, who arrived in Alabama in 1917

Henderson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Henderson, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Charles Henderson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Nathaniel Henderson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Emanl Henderson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Margaret Henderson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Henderson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • George Henderson, who arrived in Canada in 1817
  • John Henderson, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • Charlotte Henderson, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
  • Henry Henderson, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
  • Ann Jane Henderson, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Henderson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Agnes Henderson arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • Edward Henry George Henderson arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838
  • George Henderson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838
  • William Henderson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Robertson" in 1839
  • Katherine Henderson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Robertson" in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Henderson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • David Henderson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Henderson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Henderson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Maxwell Henderson, aged 29, a blacksmith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Catherine Henderson, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Henderson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Henderson (post 1700)



  • Donald Ainslie "D. A." Henderson (1928-2016), American physician, educator, and epidemiologist, best known for his tireless effort to eradicate smallpox for which he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2002) and numerous other awards
  • William Randall "Bill" Henderson (1926-2016), American jazz singer and actor
  • David Lee Henderson (1958-2015), nicknamed "Hendu", an American Major League Baseball player who played from 1981 to 1994, World Series Champion (1989)
  • Worth Dewey Henderson (1898-1996), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1932 (alternate), 1940, 1944 (alternate)
  • Yandell Henderson, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 3rd District, 1912, 1914
  • William T. Henderson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1924
  • William R. Henderson, American politician, Mayor of Plant City, Florida, 1989-91
  • William H. Henderson, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 9th District, 1916, 1920, 1922
  • William G. Henderson, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1879; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1881
  • William F. E. Henderson, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Bennettsville, South Carolina, 1866-67
  • ... (Another 262 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Henderson Historic Events


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Henderson Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. George Henderson (1874-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Jane  Henderson (1881-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Harry  Henderson (1882-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. William Laurence Douglas Henderson (1920-1941), Australian Stoker from Mosman Park, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. John Henderson (b. 1922), English Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Wallsend, Northumberland, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William H Henderson, British Leading Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Ralph C Henderson, British Leading Air Fitter  FAA, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Henry N Henderson, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. George John Henderson, British Canteen Assistant NAAFI, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Henderson, English First Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mrs. Violet Alice Henderson, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Master Harris Huntley Henderson, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Henderson


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Suggested Readings for the name Henderson



  • The Olden Days by LaVerne Hutchens Bish.
  • The Joh Family; Plus Allied Lines of Runkle, Humbert, Wade, Henderson by Crystal Pauline Randel Walters.

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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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Henderson Clan Badge


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Henderson Clan Badge




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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Henderson
Hedderson, Henderson, Henreyson, Henryson and more.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    6. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Henderson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Henderson 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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