Wren History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wren family

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.

The famed architect Sir Christopheer Wren (1632-1723), was born at East Knoyle, near Tisbury, Wiltshire.

Early History of the Wren family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wren research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1667, 1553, 1624, 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.

Wren Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Wren family (pre 1700)

Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Matthew Wren (1585-1667), English divine, Bishop of Ely, eldest son of Francis Wren (1553-1624), mercer, of London; Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723), one of the best known and highest acclaimed English architects in history, responsible for rebuilding 51 churches...
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United States Wren migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • James Wren, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 [1]
  • Eliz Wren, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [1]
Wren Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jane Wren, who settled in New York in 1820 with her four children
  • Mary Wren, aged 24, who arrived in America in 1829 [1]
  • Bryan Wren, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1848 [1]
  • Marshal Wren, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Susanah Wren, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Wren migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wren Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Miles Wren U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
Wren Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Wren, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mr. Patrick Wren, aged 18 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "John Munn" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [3]

Australia Wren migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Wren Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Wren, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [4]
  • Edmund Wren, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [5]
  • Mary Ann Wren, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [5]
  • Mr. Thomas Wren, (b. 1797), aged 53, Cornish labourer, from Helston, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Eliza Caroline" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st March 1850 [6]
  • Mrs. Hannah Wren, (b. 1809), aged 41, Cornish settler, from Helston, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Eliza Caroline" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st March 1850 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Wren 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:

Wren Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Wren, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. James Wren, (b. 1824), aged 33, British agricultural labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Roehampton" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [7]
  • Mrs. Emma Wren, (b. 1825), aged 32, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Roehampton" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [7]
  • Mr. Thomas Avery Wren, (b. 1852), aged 5, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Roehampton" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [7]
  • C. T. Wren, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Wren (post 1700) +

  • 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"

HMS Repulse
HMS Royal Oak
  • Victor G. Wren (1900-1939), British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 60)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_1850_59.pdf
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  9. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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