Kendall Surname Genealogy

Kendall surname from the Lake District comes from the Kendal
place-name in Westmoreland. Kendal was called Kircabikendala or
Kirkby Kendal at the time of the Domesday Book and meant “village with
a church in the valley of the river Ken.” The surname Kendall
would denote someone who came from Kendal.
An alternative derivation, possibly for Kendalls in Cornwall, is an
anglicized form of the Welsh name Cynddelw (meaning “exalted effigy”),
born by a famous 12th century Welsh poet.
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Kendall Ancestry

place-name Kendal in Westmorland gave rise to Hugh de Kendall, a
judge recorded there in 1265. Richard de
Kendal, a local schoolmaster and well-known grammarian, lived in the
century. Probably related to him was John Kendal, a supporter of
Richard III
and, like him, killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

The Kendal or
Kendall surname is still found in the area, mainly in the Appleby
vicinity. There are more Kendalls
further south in Barrow-in-Furness and around Lancaster.
William Kendall, a Victorian civil engineer
and local nature enthusiast, came from Barrow. Kendalls
in Yorkshire may have originated
from the Kendale place-name near Driffield.
There were Kendalls in Ripon in the 1500’s and later in Durham.

here date from the mid-14th century.
John Kendall was mayor of Lostwithiel in 1377.
There was a long-standing Kendall
estate at Pelyn
Lostwithiel which lasted for over 400 years. Edward
Kendall was a naval officer who worked with John
Franklin in Canadian Arctic exploration during the 1820's.

Elsewhere. There were
at Smithsby in Derbyshire, starting with Bartholomew Kendall in the
early 15th century, who later took possession
of the
Austrey manor in Warwickshire. Their
family history was covered in H.J.B. Kendall's 1909 book
The Kendalls of Austrey, Twycross and Smithsby.

manor house at Smithsby still remains, although now a hotel. The adjacent church contains a memorial to
Henry Kendall, his wife and 16 children, dated 1627."

By the 19th century the
largest numbers of Kendalls were in Lancashire and

America. Francis and
Thomas Kendall came to Woburn and Reading, Massachusetts around the
year 1640. The male descent is all from Francis as Thomas Kendall
and his wife Rebecca
had ten daughters and no sons.
Later Kendalls moved to Dunstable in the 1720’s and became prominent
there. They also owned the tavern where elections
and town meetings were held and were very active in mobilizing
sentiment prior to the Revolutionary War.

From Francis's line came Deacon Jacob Kendall, a soldier during the
Revolutionary War, who later settled in Mount Vernon, New Hampshire. His son George
made his name in Louisiana and
Amos Kendall migrated
west to Kentucky and rose to prominence as a
journalist there with the Argus of
Western America
. Others moved north to Vermont and Canada.

Canada. Isaac Kendall
migrated north from Vermont to Buckingham, Quebec in the early
1800’s. Oren Kendall was born in Beebe Plain in 1817.

“Oren was reported to have been a
wonderfully active man. He held the pole-vaulting championship of
his country when he was 60 years of age. He had married his
second wife at the age of 54.”

A later Isaac Kendall, born a generation later, was considered to be
one of the greatest sawmill designers and builders in America.

Australia and New Zealand. Thomas Kendall, a
Lincolnshire schoolmaster,
volunteered for missionary work and went out to Sydney in 1809. He departed for New Zealand five years later,
making friends with the Maoris and learning their language well enough
to compile
a primer in pidgin Maori. Later he owned
a small vessel in the timber trade but perished when the vessel was
wrecked off
Sydney in 1832. His son Basil and
grandson Henry grew up in Australia. Henry
has been called Australia’s first poet.

Kendall Miscellany

If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

Kendall Names

Richard de Kendal were
a Westmorland schoolmaster and renowned grammarian of the 15th century.
was an early English missionary to New
Zealand. His grandson Henry
was an Australian bush poet.
the 1836 war
between the US and Mexico and is believed to be the first newspaper war
Kay Kendall was an English
film actress, married to the actor Rex Harrison, who died in 1959 of
leukaemia at the young age of 32.
Felicity Kendal is an English
theater and TV actress. Her father adopted the Kendal surname
from the town of his birth.

Select Kendalls Today

  • 13,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Yorkshire)
  • 10,000 in America (most numerous in California)
  • 12,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)





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