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Origins of the Henderson surname

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What does the name Henderson mean?

The origin of the Henderson surname is believed to be patronymic, and of Scottish origin. It is hypothesised to derive from a description of someone who was the 'son of Harry/Henry'. The name 'Hendry' is a common Scottish form. In Scotland it is believed that the largest lowland family with this name come from Fordell, in Fife. This variant, although common north of the border, was only found in England from the 1600s onwards.

Alternative variations of the name Henderson

Henderson, Hendersoun, Hendersone, Hinderson, Hendersoune

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Where do most Hendersons live?

In 1921, most Hendersons lived in North East.

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Interesting facts about Hendersons

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129th most common surname in the UK

We have 268,000 records for the Henderson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Hendersons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Henderson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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Common jobs for Hendersons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Hendersons in 1921


Domestic Servant






House Keeper


Common Male occupations for Hendersons in 1921
Coal Miner










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