Tradition & Background
It has been passed down through the generations the belief
that all of the Wendens descended from a group of Saxon tribes
These tribes descended on Britain in the 5th
Century and were partly responsible for founding the counties
of Wessex, Essex, Sussex & Middlesex.
In Latvia, until the early part of the 20th
Century, the second largest city was called Wenden. It is now
called Cesis and in 2006 they celebrated 800 years of history.
The image in the top right is of a postage stamp issued in
A village called Wenden was recorded in the doomsday book in
Essex and during the 16th to 19th Centuries the Wenden family
name was mainly restricted to Essex and East London. Several
villages existed in Essex, two were combined to become Wendens
Ambo and another was the now virtually non-existent Wendon
As with all surnames, spellings became corrupted to Wendon,
Wendel etc, (and still do!)
In the research the exception to the above is a large group of
Wendons living around Cornwall which if they are related, the
connection must be quite early.
Any Comments on this thought!!
The Wendon's in the West Country owe their surname to
originally coming from the ancient Parish of Wendron.
The research information which has been gathered over a very
long period is available for your personal reference and if
you can add extra information to this 'one name study' please
contact us on the link below.
Research into the Wenden & Wendon family name
The information contained in this site is the culmination of
nearly 30 years collecting entries from the Central Record
Office, (1837-1925), IGI’s, census returns and other
sources. In addition there has been considerable help from
other fellow Wenden researchers.
We welcome any comments about the database regarding additions
or discrepancies. You can contact me at the
e-mail address below.
Database display has been updated using new Family History
My complete personal tree is available to view at
It requires a password, use 'wendensambo'
Full Birth &
indexes now available, 1837-1925, see also links at top of
index references were difficult to decipher and are,
therefore, my interpretation and should be checked.
A Major Wenden was found in Earls Colne, Essex in 1841. Earls
Census & other Earls Colne records
This link will take you to the
Wenden database, (updated 9th April 2012).
We would like to thank the following for sharing their own