Last name: Kendall

This interesting surname, long associated with the Lake District, is of Anglo-Saxon or Old Norse origin, and is a locational name deriving from either of two places in Westmorland and Yorkshire. Kendal in Westmorland was originally named Kirkby Kendal, and is recorded as "Cherchebi" in the Domesday Book of 1086 and as "Cherkaby Kendale" in "Records of Kendal" from 1090 - 1097. The placename means "the valley of the River Kent", from the ancient British (pre-Roman) river-name "Cunetio" with the Olde English pre 7th Century "dael" valley. Kendale in Yorkshire is in the parish of Driffield, and derived it's name from the Old Norse "kelda", spring, with "dalr", valley. The surname from both of these sources is now very widespread, being found in as distant a county as Cornwall in appreciable numbers, and has developed a variety of forms, ranging from Kendal(l), Kendell and Kendle to Kindall, Kindell and Kindle. London Church Registers record the christening of Chrystover, son of Thomas Kendall, on August 12th 1544 at St. Mary Bothaw, and the marriage of Edward Kendall and Agnes Deuton at St. Botolph's, Bishopsgate, on April 12th 1572. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John de Kendale, which was dated 1332, in the "Lancashire Subsidy Rolls", during the reign of King Edward 111, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. 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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HF
Hi there. My Great Great grandmother was Irene Kendall from Seal Rocks, Newfoundland. Daughter of John Kendall and Harriet Messervey. I keep seeing a lot about John Kendall's but seemingly differnt ones. Has anyone heard of this family? John was from Hermitage Bay and born in 1843 from what i can tell. I would love to know more about where he came from.

angela kendall
I'm trying to do some hunting on the origions of my Kendall family. My father Steven and grandfather Richard(dick) are from Minnesota. My great grandfather Floyd was born in illnois in 1899, his father Charles H Kendall was born in 1858 in Illnois but lived in Iowa. Charles father was born in New York but I cant find a name or date. I know my family traces back to Wales..but I'm stuck at New York..anyone can fill in some blanks..I would be grateful!!

Pamela Clay (nee Kendall)

I'm just starting to look into the Kendall family and interested in any information of the Kendall family who where in Calcutta in India with the British Army. My grandfather Mark Kendall was born in India in 1895 (8 August) India but I don't have any details further back. As far as I know he had a sister Lilly born 3 January 1894 Calcutta. Just interested in case anyone has any history on this period.

Colleen
I am searching for a friend, name is Charles Kendall. He lives/lived in Durban. I lost touch with him over the years and the last time I spoke with him was in Rhodesia about 11 years ago. If anyone knows him or of him you can email me at this address Thank you Colleen