Wenden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wenden family

The surname Wenden was first found in Belgium, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in West Flanders, a province in Belgium, originally Bruges. Within this province the notable towns are Bruges, the capital city, Ostend, Courtrai, Furnes, Thielt, Ypres and Roulers. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

Early History of the Wenden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wenden research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1699, 1826 and 1601 are included under the topic Early Wenden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wenden Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Vaentjen, Ventigle, Vante, Ventes, Wenden, Fenden, Fentin and many more.

Early Notables of the Wenden family (pre 1700)

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

New Zealand Wenden 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:

Wenden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Wenden, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874

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