Show ContentsHendon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hendon is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hendon family lived in the place named Hendon, in Middlesex. The place-name is derived from an Old English expression that means at the high hill or in the valley with the deer. The place named Hendon is in the London Metropolitan area and is situated some seven miles north-west of Charing Cross. The Hendron variant is now chiefly found in County Armagh, Ireland, but it earliest origins lie in Middlesex.

Early Origins of the Hendon family

The surname Hendon was first found in Middlesex. Alternatively, the family could have originated in Endon, a township, in the parish and union of Leek, N. division of the hundred of Totmonslow in Staffordshire. [1]

Early History of the Hendon family

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Hendon Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Hendon, Henden, Hendwn and others.

Early Notables of the Hendon family

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Hendon Ranking

In the United States, the name Hendon is the 4,530th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Hendon family to Ireland

Some of the Hendon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hendon migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hendon or a variant listed above:

Hendon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Susan Hendon who settled in Maryland in 1729
Hendon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Hendon, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 [3]

Australia Hendon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hendon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Hendon, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Captain Cook" on 2nd May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. John Hendon, (b. 1807), aged 32, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 15 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Canton" on 20th September 1839, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hendon (post 1700) +

  • Rickey R Hendon, American elected to the Illinois State Senate in the 5th legislative district in 1992
  • William Martin Hendon (b. 1944), American author, POW/MIA activist, and two-term Republican U.S. Congressman for North Carolina
  • William Martin Hendon (b. 1944), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from North Carolina 11th District, 1981-83, 1985-87; Defeated, 1986 [6]
  • Rickey R. Hendon, American Democratic Party politician, Elected Illinois State Senate 5th District 1992 [6]
  • Ian Hendon (b. 1971), English professional footballer
  • Harry Hendon Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist with the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia
  • Julia Hendon, of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Gettysburg College
  • Hendon Chubb, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1936 [7]

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Robert M. Hendon, American Chief Gunner's Mate working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [8]

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