Wendon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Wendon family
The surname Wendon was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Wendens which was held by a Norman noble, Richard, from William Warrene, whose line would later to become Duke of Warwick, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. John de Wenden succeeded in 1179.
Early History of the Wendon family
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Wendon Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Wendon, Wenden and others.
Early Notables of the Wendon family (pre 1700)
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Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Wendon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/captain-cook