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The origins of the name Rendell are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Randel. In this case the surname Rendell was a diminutive of the personal name Rand, a short form of various German names with the first element rand meaning shield. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

Rendell Early Origins



The surname Rendell was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Rendell Spelling Variations


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Rendell Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Rendell family name include Randall, Rendle, Randal, Rendel, Rendell and others.

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Rendell Early History


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Rendell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rendell research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the year 1436 is included under the topic Early Rendell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rendell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rendell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rendell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rendell In Ireland


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Rendell In Ireland



Some of the Rendell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Rendell surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Rendell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Seth Rendell, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Rendell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • G Rendell, aged 36, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • Joseph Rendell arrived in Philadelphia in 1857

Rendell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Rendell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848
  • David Rendell, aged 32, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rendell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rendell (post 1700)



  • Marjorie "Midge" Osterlund Rendell (b. 1947), American federal judge and former First Lady of Pennsylvania
  • Edward G. Rendell (b. 1944), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1992-2000
  • Edward Gene "Ed" Rendell (b. 1944), American politician and Governor of Pennsylvania
  • Donald Percy "Don" Rendell (1926-2015), English jazz musician and arranger
  • Ruth Barbara Rendell CBE (1930-2015), Baroness Rendell of Babergh, English author of thrillers and psychological murder mysteries, best known for her Chief Inspector Wexford series
  • Scott Rendell (b. 1986), English footballer
  • Stuart Rendell (b. 1972), Australian Olympic hammer thrower
  • Matthew Rendell (b. 1959), former Australian rules footballer

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Rendell Historic Events


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Rendell Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Stewart R J Rendell (b. 1921), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from South Wigston, Leicestershire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Edwin Rendell, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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    The Rendell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rendell 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 21 January 2016 at 14:12.

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