The surname Rendell is of English origin. It is derived from the Middle English given name ‘Randel’, a diminutive of Rand with the Anglo-Norman-French hypocoristic suffix ‘-el’. The given name Rand is a short form of the various Germanic personal names with the first element ‘rand’ ( shield ) rim, as for example Randolph. Rand may also be a topographical name for someone who lived on the margin of a settlement or on the bank of a river ( from Old English ‘rand’, rim, used in a topographical sense ), or a habitational name from a place with this word, as for example Rand in Lincolnshire and Rand Grange in North Yorks ( England ). The name dates back to the twelfth century were a Randle de Stok is recorded in historical archives. The name evovled through Randel, Randal, Randle, and Randel, until the modern form of the name was reached. The name was brought to America predominately by English immigrants. One of the first fore fathers to bring this name to America is that of a Robert Randall, a printer and bookbinder formerly of Edinburgh, Scotland, who emigrated to America aboard th… Coat of arms: Gules on a …
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