Wendell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wendell family

The surname Wendell was first found in Lancashire at Windle with Hardshaw, a township, in the parish and union of Prescot, hundred of West Derby. "Before the reign of John, Windhull gave name to a family, of whom was Edusa, widow of Alan de Windhull, who obtained from that king a summons for her dower against Alan de Windhull, son of the former." [1]

By the reign of Edward III., the manor was held by William Boteler, but there is no record as to why the manor was lost. Another source shows in the year 1201, Alan de Windhull held estates at Windle.

The Manor of Skelmerdale in Lancashire proved to reveal some interesting details about the family. According to the Domesday Book, it was originally held by Uctred, who also held Dalton and Uplitherland. It was later part of the forest fee, held by the Gernet family.

Later, "there had been a sub-infeudation of the manor in favour of Alan de Windle, for in 1202 Edusa his widow claimed dower in this among other manors, which she released to Alan's son Alan, upon an assignment of her dower here and in other lands." [2] The Windle manor passed, like Windle itself, to the Burnhulls and Gerards by the 15th century.

Early History of the Wendell family

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Wendell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Windell, Windle, Windhull, Wyndel, Wyndell, Wyndle, Wyndhull, Windles, Wyndells and many more.

Early Notables of the Wendell family (pre 1700)

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United States Wendell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wendell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Evert Jansen Wendell, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664 [3]
  • Thomas Wendell, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1648 [3]
Wendell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Harmanus Wendell, aged 40, who landed in New York in 1718 [3]
  • Engeltje Lansing Wendell, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1718 [3]
  • Evert Wendell, aged 38, who landed in New York in 1718 [3]
  • Augustinus Wendell, aged 16, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [3]
  • Caspar Wendell, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1737 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wendell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Wendell, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [3]
  • Peter Wendell, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1860 [3]

Canada Wendell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wendell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Henry Wendell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Contemporary Notables of the name Wendell (post 1700) +

  • Turk Wendell (b. 1967), American Major League Baseball player 1993-2004
  • Krissy Wendell (b. 1981), American women's ice hockey player
  • Percy Langdon Wendell (1889-1932), Harvard football captain
  • Nathan D. Wendell (1835-1886), New York State Treasurer 1880-1881
  • James A. Wendell (1869-1922), New York State Comptroller 1921-1922
  • James Wendell (1890-1958), 1912 Olympic silver medalist
  • Samuel Wendell Williston (1851-1918), American educator and paleontologist
  • Richard Wendell Reichle (1896-1967), American Major League Baseball reserve outfielder who played in the 1920s
  • Cornelius Wendell Wickersham (1884-1968), United States army officer, a lawyer and an awarded author of philatelic literature
  • Edwin Wendell Pauley Sr. (1903-1981), American businessman and political leader

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
  3. ^ 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)

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