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Where did the English Wren family come from? What is the English Wren family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wren family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wren family history?


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

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.


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.


Another 135 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wren Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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

Wren Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

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

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"

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


  • Robert Duffield "Bob" Wren (1873-1925), American tennis player, four-time U.S. singles championship winner
  • Franklin "Frank" Wren (b. 1958), American Major League Baseball executive, general manager of the Atlanta Braves
  • Martha Kay "M. K." Wren (b. 1938), American author
  • Thomas Wren (1826-1904), American politician, United States Representative from Nevada (1877 to 1879)
  • Percival Christopher "P.C." Wren (1875-1941), British novelist best known for "Beau Geste," about life in the French Foreign Legion
  • Alan Wren (b. 1964), English rock drummer of The Stone Roses
  • Sir Christopher Wren FRS (1632-1723), English architect and scientist
  • Matthew Wren (1585-1667), English clergyman and scholar
  • Mr. James Wren, English Marine from Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • John Wren (1871-1953), Australian businessman whose life was fictionalized in Frank Hardy's novel "Power Without Glory"




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The Wren Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wren Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:22.

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