Origin of the Name Henderson
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Henderson
include Hendron and McKendrick. The principal family of Henderson was the Clan Eanruig of Glencoe in Scotland . They claim that they were in the 'Glen of Grievous Memory' centuries before the MacDonalds. Iain Freoch married a daughter of the Chief of the Hendersons of Glencoe and their son Iain was the founder of the MacIains of Glencoe. He was called Iain Abrach and the Clan was known as Clan Abrach. The Chief lowland family of the name resided at Fordel Castle, near Inverkeithing in Fife. They descended from the old Dumfrieshire family of Henryson. In Ireland the names Henderson and Hendron are of Norman origin and were for the most part introduced into Ulster Province by settlers from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. Hendron is mostly found in County Armagh while Henderson is found throughout the Ulster Counties.
The Henderson coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Henderson descendants.