Rendall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Rendall name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Rendall is derived from the baptismal name Randel. In this case the surname Rendall was a diminutive of the personal name Rand, a short form of various German names with the first element rand meaning shield or wolf. [1]

Alternatively, the name was derived from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Randolph,' from the nickname Randle. As such, the earliest records of the family were as a forename as in Randle de Arclet, Cheshire, temp. 1290. [2]

Early Origins of the Rendall family

The surname Rendall was first found in the parish of Ladock in Cornwall. "Hay, which was formerly deemed a genteel residence, was successively a seat of the families of Randyll, Tregain, and Bone." [3]

Early History of the Rendall family

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Rendall Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Rendall were recorded, including Randall, Rendle, Randal, Rendel, Rendell and others.

Early Notables of the Rendall family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Randall (1570-1622), English divine, born at Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire who was sent at the early age of eleven to St. Mary Hall, Oxford, where he matriculated on 27 Nov. 1581. He was elected a fellow of Lincoln College on 6 July...
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Ireland Migration of the Rendall family to Ireland

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

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Rendall family emigrate to North America:

Rendall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Philip Rendall, who landed in New England in 1634 [4]
  • Robert Rendall, who arrived in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1647 [4]
  • Giles Rendall, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [4]

Australia Rendall migration to Australia +

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

Rendall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Rendall, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837 [5]
  • Mary Ann Rendall, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837 [5]
  • Mr. William Rendall, (b. 1823), aged 25, Cornish agricultural labourer from St Teath, Cornwall, UK departing from Plymouth on 15th June 1848 aboard the ship "Tasman" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 18th October 1848 [6]
  • Mrs. Sophia Rendall, (b. 1818), aged 30, Cornish house keeper from St Teath, Cornwall, UK departing from Plymouth on 15th June 1848 aboard the ship "Tasman" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 18th October 1848 [6]
  • Mr. Henry Pappin Rendall, (b. 1839), aged 9, Cornish settler from St Teath, Cornwall, UK departing from Plymouth on 15th June 1848 aboard the ship "Tasman" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 18th October 1848 [6]
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New Zealand Rendall 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:

Rendall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Rendall, (b. 1837), aged 37, English settler from Devon travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [7]
  • Mrs. Jane Rendall, (b. 1838), aged 36, English settler from Devon travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [7]
  • Mr. William Rendall, (b. 1855), aged 19, English settler from Devon travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [7]
  • Miss Lucy Rendall, (b. 1858), aged 16, English settler from Devon travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [7]
  • Mr. James Rendall, (b. 1863), aged 11, English settler from Devon travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Rendall (post 1700) +

  • Brendan Rendall Bracken (1901-1958), Irish born journalist and politician, made Viscount Bracken, of Christchurch, County Southampton, in 1952
  • Rendall Munroe (b. 1980), English super bantamweight boxer


The Rendall Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil extra numerum
Motto Translation: Nothing out of time.


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN RENWICK 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837JohnRenwick.htm
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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