Show ContentsMcKendrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the name McKendrick are found among the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland. The name comes from the personal name Henry.

Early Origins of the McKendrick family

The surname McKendrick 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 McKendrick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKendrick 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 McKendrick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McKendrick Spelling Variations

Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. McKendrick has been written Hendry, Hendrie, MacHendry, MacHendrick, MacKendrick and many more.

Early Notables of the McKendrick 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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Ireland Migration of the McKendrick family to Ireland

Some of the McKendrick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States McKendrick migration to the United States +

Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name McKendrick:

McKendrick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Janet McKendrick, aged 24, who arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774 [2]
McKendrick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter McKendrick, who landed in New York, NY in 1837 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McKendrick (post 1700) +

  • Wilford McGavin McKendrick (1870-1936), American principal of Weber Stake Academy
  • John Gray McKendrick FRSE (1841-1926), Scottish physiologist and professor at the University of Glasgow (1876-1906), co-founder of the Physiological Society
  • Anderson Gray McKendrick (1876-1943), Scottish physician and epidemiologist
  • John McKendrick (b. 1969), Scottish football referee
  • Robin Lee McKendrick (b. 1943), Australian politician, former Independent member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council
  • Ewan Gordon McKendrick (b. 1960), Scottish Herbert Smith Professor of English Private Law at the University of Oxford
  • Neil McKendrick MA FRHistS (b. 1935), British 40th Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (1996-2006)
  • Jamie McKendrick (b. 1955), English poet from Liverpool, he was shortlisted for the 2003 T. S. Eliot Prize and the 2003 Whitbread Poetry Award

  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. 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) on Facebook