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Where did the Scottish Kendrick family come from? What is the Scottish Kendrick family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kendrick family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kendrick family history?

In ancient Scotland, the ancestors of the Kendrick family were part of a tribe called the Picts. The name Kendrick is derived from the personal name Henry.


The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Kendrick has been spelled Hendry, Hendrie, MacHendry, MacHendrick, MacKendrick and many more.

First found in Fife, 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kendrick research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1183, 1282, 1600, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Kendrick History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Kendrick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Kendrick:

Kendrick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Kendrick, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1639
  • Edwd Kendrick, who landed in Virginia in 1644

Kendrick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Kendrick, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Henry Kendrick, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743

Kendrick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Walter Kendrick, aged 47, landed in New York in 1812
  • Isaac Kendrick, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Peter Kendrick, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • A. Kendrick, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Edward Kendrick, aged 6, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, in 1892

Kendrick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • C. Kendrick, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Leamington, in 1905
  • Arthur H. Kendrick, aged 43, who settled in America from Birmingham, England, in 1907
  • Edward R. Kendrick, aged 51, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Ellen Mary Kendrick, aged 24, who landed in America from Eastbourne, England, in 1907
  • Ethel Kendrick, aged 18, who emigrated to America from Smethwick, England, in 1907

Kendrick Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Edna Pearl Kendrick, aged 29, who emigrated to Blenheim, Canada, in 1920

Kendrick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Kendrick landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Kendrick arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • Walter Kendrick arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • John Kendrick, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • James Kendrick, aged 34, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875


  • Howard Joseph "Howie" Kendrick III (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball second baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • John Kendrick (1740-1794), American sea captain, both during the American Revolutionary War and the exploration of the Pacific Northwest, one of the men who participated in the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773
  • Rhonda Ross Kendrick (b. 1971), American actress, daughter of actress and singer Diana Ross, and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy
  • W Freeland Kendrick (1873-1953), American politician, Mayor of Philadelphia (1924-28)
  • Robert Bradley Kendrick (b. 1979), American former tennis player
  • Kyle Rodney Kendrick (b. 1984), American Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Charles S. Kendrick (1817-1863), American officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War, eponym of the USS Kendrick (DD-612)
  • Rodney Kendrick (b. 1960), American jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, and producer
  • Anna Kendrick (b. 1985), American Academy Award nominated actress
  • John Benjamin Kendrick (1857-1933), American politician, United States Senator from Wyoming (1917 to 1933)



  • The Family of Kendrick, 1782-1991 by Mary Elizabeth Gunn.
  • The Kendrick Kindred by Guy Dyson.

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The Kendrick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kendrick 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.

This page was last modified on 25 March 2015 at 12:59.

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