Tradition & Background
It has been passed down
through the generations the belief that all of the Wendens
descended from a group of Saxon tribes called Wends. These
tribes descended on Britain in the 5th Century and were partly
responsible for founding the counties of Wessex, Essex, Sussex &
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 Wenden.
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
Any Comments on this
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), IGIís, 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
My own tree has been extended back several
My complete personal tree is
available to view at http://kenwenden.tribalpages.com/
It requires a password, use 'wendensambo'
Full Birth & Marriage indexes now
available, 1837-1925, see also links at top of page
NB. Some 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 Colne 1841 Census & other Earls Colne records
will take you to the Wenden database, (updated 5th
We would like to thank the
following for sharing their own personal research: