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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 Co. Armagh, Ireland, but it earliest origins lie in Middlesex.

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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.

First found in Middlesex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The lands were owned by Westminster Abbey before and after 1066.


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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.

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

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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.

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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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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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