Hendy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the name Hendy dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name given to a person with a mild temperment. The surname Hendy is derived from the Old English word hendy, which means courteous, kind, and gentle. This word was also often used as a personal name. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Hendy family

The surname Hendy was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Hendy family

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Hendy Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hendy include Hendy, Henday, Hendey, Hendley and others.

Early Notables of the Hendy family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Hendy family to Ireland

Some of the Hendy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hendy migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hendy or a variant listed above:

Hendy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Hendy, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [1]
  • Richard Hendy, who settled in Barbados in 1679
  • Henry Hendy, who arrived in Virginia in 1695 [1]

Australia Hendy migration to Australia +

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

Hendy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Hendy, (b. 1787), aged 48 born in Penryn, Cornwall, UK convicted in Devon on 17th March 1835, sentenced for 14 years for receiving, transported aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1835 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Hendy, English convict who was convicted in Devon, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Nicholas Hendy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [4]
  • Mr. John Hendy, (b. 1826), aged 24, Cornish settler convicted in Bodmin, Cornwall, UK on 16th October 1849, sentenced for 10 years for stealing a basket containing a pasty, bottle, and a silver watch, transported aboard the ship "Pyrenees" on 31st January 1853 to Western Australia, Australia [5]
  • Johanna Hendy (aged 30), a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hendy Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Humphrey Hendy, (b. 1876), aged 31, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Oruba" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 23rd May 1907 [6]

New Zealand Hendy 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:

Hendy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Hendy, aged 19, a farmer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Mr. Harry Hendy, (b. 1878), aged Infant, Cornish settler departing on 31st October 1878 aboard the ship "Northern Monarch" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 1st February 1879 [7]
  • Hester Hendy, (b. 1853), aged 25, Cornish settler departing on 31st October 1878 aboard the ship "Northern Monarch" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 1st February 1879 [7]
  • Mr. Joseph Hendy, (b. 1872), aged 6, Cornish settler departing on 31st October 1878 aboard the ship "Northern Monarch" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 1st February 1879 [7]
  • Miss Mary Hendy, (b. 1874), aged 4, Cornish settler departing on 31st October 1878 aboard the ship "Northern Monarch" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 1st February 1879 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hendy (post 1700) +

  • Jouett Hendy, American politician, Mayor of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 1901-05 [8]
  • John Hendy (b. 1948), English barrister at Old Square Chambers, London
  • Arthur Sydney "Bill" Hendy (1912-1973), former Canadian cricketer
  • Trevor Ronald Hendy AM (b. 1968), former Australian professional surf lifesaver, inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2000
  • Mark Hendy (b. 1986), Australian rugby league player
  • Sir Philip Anstiss Hendy (1900-1980), British art curator
  • Peter William Hendy (b. 1962), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Eden-Monaro (2013-)
  • Sir Peter Gerard Hendy CBE (b. 1953), British current Commissioner of Transport for London
  • George Hendy QC, Canadian lawyer
  • Mike Hendy Ph.D., New Zealand Professor of Mathematical Biology at Massey University

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Frederick J Hendy, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Leslie J Hendy, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [10]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Edward Martin Hendy (d. 1912), aged 38, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [11]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABOUKIR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Aboukir.htm
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  10. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  11. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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