Hendry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The age-old Pictish-Scottish family name Hendry is derived from the personal name Henry.

Early Origins of the Hendry family

The surname Hendry was first found in Ayrshire and Fife where the intrusive "d" is common as in "Hendry." The earliest records are in the Latin form: "Henricus, dapifer, a witness c. 1183-88, and Henricus (Chen), bishop of Aberdeen, 1282-1328." [1]

Early History of the Hendry family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hendry research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1551, 1552, 1562, 1600, 1798, 1519, 1527, 1700, 1718, 1790, 1718, 1771, 1774, 1777, 1781, 1785, 1793 and are included under the topic Early Hendry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hendry 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. Hendry has appeared Hendry, Hendrie, MacHendry, MacHendrick, MacKendrick and many more.

Early Notables of the Hendry family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Robert Henry (1718-1790), Scottish historian, son of James Henry, farmer, of Muirton, parish of St. Ninian's, Stirlingshire, and Jean Galloway, was born on 18 Feb. 1718. "The first volume of Henry's ‘History of England’ appeared in...
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Hendry Ranking

In the United States, the name Hendry is the 7,275th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Hendry family to Ireland

Some of the Hendry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 76 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hendry migration to the United States +

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 America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Hendry:

Hendry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joe Hendry, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Hendry, aged 24, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Mr. John Hendry, (b. 1611), aged 24, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Safety" arriving in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • Richard Hendry, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [3]
Hendry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Hendry, who settled in New Hampshire in 1719
  • William Hendry, who arrived in North Carolina in 1748 [3]
  • Robert Hendry, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1774 [3]
  • Catherine Hendry, aged 35, who landed in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774 [3]
  • Neil Hendry, aged 27, who landed in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hendry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Hendry, who arrived in America in 1804 [3]
  • Miss Bessie Hendry, (b. 1896), aged 20, Cornish settler from Helston, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Arizona" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 10th July 1893 en route to Brooklyn, New York, USA [5]
  • Mr. Fred Hendry, (b. 1864), aged 18, Cornish hairdresser from Helston, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Arizona" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 10th July 1893 en route to Brooklyn, New York, USA [5]
  • Mrs. S Hendry, (b. 1873), aged 50, Cornish settler from Helston, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Arizona" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 10th July 1893 en route to Brooklyn, New York, USA [5]

Canada Hendry migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hendry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. James Hendry U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [6]
Hendry Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Francis Hendry, aged 30, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1815-1816

Australia Hendry migration to Australia +

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

Hendry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Agnes Hendry, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848 [7]
  • Jacobina Hendry, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848 [7]
  • Albert Hendry, aged 18, a gardener, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard" [8]
  • Alexander Hendry, aged 33, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion" [9]
  • John Hendry, aged 27, a blacksmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion" [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hendry migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hendry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Hendry, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Hendry, aged 23, a gardener, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Mary Hendry, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Thomas Hendry, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • Joseph Hendry, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Hendry migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [10]
Hendry Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Hendry, who settled in Barbados in 1669

Contemporary Notables of the name Hendry (post 1700) +

  • Jim Hendry (b. 1955), American Major League Baseball executive, currently special assistant for New York Yankees
  • Gloria Hendry (b. 1949), American actress who began her acting career in the 1968 Sidney Poitier film For Love of Ivy and later known for her role as the Bond girl, Rosie Carver in the James Bond film Live and Let Die (1973)
  • Allan Hendry (b. 1950), American astronomer
  • W. A. Hendry, American Republican politician, Mayor of Big Rapids, Michigan [11]
  • Samuel E. Hendry, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Charleston, South Carolina, 1921-22 (acting, 1921-22) [11]
  • John Hendry, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 30th District, 1996 [11]
  • Francis A. Hendry, American politician, Delegate to Florida State Constitutional Convention from Polk County, 1865 [11]
  • Stephen James Hendry (b. 1990), Scottish professional footballer
  • Edward Colin Hendry (b. 1965), Scottish former football defender, current coach at Blackburn Rovers
  • William Harold "Billy" Hendry (1869-1901), Scottish football defender
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Elizabeth  Hendry (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
  • Mr. Hugh  Hendry (1874-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
  • Mr. Hugh  Hendry (1878-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [12]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth  Hendry (1895-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. William Hendry (b. 1922), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Toxteth Park, Liverpool, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. William Hendry, English First Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [14]


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 5th 2021, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCESS ROYAL 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848PrincessRoyal.htm
  8. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STANDARD 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/standard1852.shtml.
  9. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 12th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1854.shtml
  10. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  13. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  14. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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