Kendall comes from an English surname, a locational name with two possible origins. The first is that it comes from the name of a town in Cumbria, England, originally recorded as Kirkby Kendal meaning “church by the valley of the River Kent”, made up of Old Norse kelda (spring, well) and dalr (valley). It could also be an anglicized form of Welsh Cynddelw, a name of uncertain meaning though I’ve seen it listed as possibly being made up from an Old Celtic element meaning “high, exalted” and Welsh delw (image; statue, sculpture; effigy; idol). Personally, though, I’m not too sure of that. It’s possible that the first element may be related to a Proto-Celtic word, *kū meaning “dog; wolf” which would make sense when combined with the second element delw, but that’s just purely a guess on my part.
- Kendal (English)