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Hendren is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Hendren 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.

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The surname Hendren 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Hendon, Henden, Hendwn and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hendren research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1639 and 1865 are included under the topic Early Hendren History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the Hendren family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words (10 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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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Hendren or a variant listed above were:

Hendren Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Hendren, who was on record in Philadelphia in 1845
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  • John Crowther Hendren (1897-1964), American professional NFL football player who played from 1920 through 1921
  • Robert Gerald Hendren (b. 1923), former American NFL football offensive tackle
  • William McK. Hendren, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 6th District, 1966
  • LeRoy Hendren, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Oklahoma State House of Representatives 5th District, 2004
  • John H. Hendren, American Democrat politician, Missouri Democratic State Chair, 1949
  • Jim Hendren, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Arkansas, 2000
  • H. H. Hendren, American politician, Mayor of Sacramento, California, 1954-55
  • Joseph William Hendren O.F.M. (1791-1866), English Roman Catholic bishop
  • Denis Hendren (1882-1962), English cricketer and umpire
  • Elias Henry "Patsy" Hendren (1889-1962), English cricketer who played 51 Test matches
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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Hendren Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hendren 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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