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Early Origins of the Wennden family


The surname Wennden 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, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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.

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Early History of the Wennden family

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Early History of the Wennden family


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Wennden Spelling Variations

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Wennden Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Wendon, Wenden and others.

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Early Notables of the Wennden family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Wennden family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Wennden family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Wennden family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled on the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Boston, to Virginia, to Florida, and to the islands..

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

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