Last name: Henderson

This is an ancient Scottish name, the patronymic (meaning "son of") form of Hendry, a mainly Scottish variant of the personal name "Henry". Some bearers of the name Henderson are descended from Henrysons, the "d" being a common intrusive element in many languages between "n" and "r". Henry is from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements "haim" or "heim", home, and "ric", power. It was introduced into England by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066 as "Henri". In Scotland the Hendersons of Fordell in Fifeshire are the chief Lowland family of the name, and are believed to be descended from an old Dumfriesshire family of Henrysons. A branch of the Clan Gunn bears the name Henderson, and there is another Clan Henderson of Glencoe. An interesting namebearer, recorded in the "Dictionary of National Biography", was John Henderson (1747 - 1785), who was a notable actor of his day, considered second only to David Garrick. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Henrisone, which was dated 1374, in Scottish Papers, in the Public Records Office, during the reign of King Robert 11 of Scotland, 1371 - 1390. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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natasha henderson
thanks but i wasnt looking for this i was looking for the meaning of both the names doesnt matter though this helps as well i suppose my frined alex gibson agrees with me and she thinks that it is ok but me and my friend think it looks ok but thanks anyway xxxxx

gareth henderson
i didnt think henderson was as old as how old it is nd iv only been round 26 years

Sherry Henderson Osinga

Wow, Thanks!

Rebecca Henderson

Originally the Henderson name came from the Vikings, or nortic people that concurred and took over mainly Scotland and England. Back in the earlier years that wasn't officially recorded. They passed their name to people they might have married and some people picked up that name with surnames.

Kathleen Henderson
EXCELLENT!! Thanks for sharing the history of the name. I always figured it was "son of. . ." but I thought it might have been connected with an occupation instead of the personal name. Hmm, learn something new everyday! :-)