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The surname Wren was first found in Durham where they held a family seat from early times, and were originally descended from Ralph de Raines who was granted lands by William, Duke of Albany in that shire. They were originally from Rennes in Normandy where they also held lands from their Lord, William de Aubigny of Belvoir.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wren, Wrenn and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wren research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1632, 1723, 1666, 1692, 1585, 1667, 1634, 1635 and 1638 are included under the topic Early Wren History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723), one of the best known and highest acclaimed English architects in history, responsible for rebuilding 51 churches in the City of London after the Great Fire...

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wren Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Peter Wren, who landed in Maryland in 1657
  • James Wren, who arrived in Maryland in 1659
  • Eliz Wren, who landed in Virginia in 1666

Wren Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jane Wren settled in New York in 1820 with her four children
  • Mary Wren, aged 24, arrived in America in 1829
  • Bryan Wren, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1848
  • Marshal Wren, aged 25, landed in New York in 1854
  • Susanah Wren, aged 24, landed in New York in 1854
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Wren Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Miles Wren U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Wren Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Wren, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork, Ireland

Wren Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Wren arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
  • Edmund Wren arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846
  • Mary Ann Wren arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846
  • Catherine Wren, aged 27, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • Mary Wren, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
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Wren Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Wren landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • C. T. Wren arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • George Wren, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
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  • Thomas Wren (1826-1904), American politician, United States Representative from Nevada (1877 to 1879)
  • Martha Kay "M. K." Wren (b. 1938), American author
  • Franklin "Frank" Wren (b. 1958), American Major League Baseball executive, general manager of the Atlanta Braves
  • Robert Duffield "Bob" Wren (1873-1925), American tennis player, four-time U.S. singles championship winner
  • Matthew Wren (1585-1667), English clergyman and scholar
  • Sir Christopher Wren FRS (1632-1723), English architect and scientist
  • Alan Wren (b. 1964), English rock drummer of The Stone Roses
  • Percival Christopher "P.C." Wren (1875-1941), British novelist best known for "Beau Geste," about life in the French Foreign Legion
  • Robert "Bob" Wren (b. 1974), Canadian NHL ice hockey player
  • John Wren (1871-1953), Australian businessman whose life was fictionalized in Frank Hardy's novel "Power Without Glory"
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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