NENDICK I am convinced that this surname has a local origin. At first I thought it might have something to do with the East Anglian River Nene; a dike, or ditch, leading into the Nene. Then I read the following in A.H.Stamp’s “More Cottingham Essays” (1988) –
“… Navendike (the navigable dike between Cottingham and Newland Beck)”, this a reference to the year 1282. Now as the letters V and U are indistinguishable in old records, I considered the possibility of this name as the origin of the surname that appears in local records as (inter alia) Nandyke and Nendyke.
The Poll Tax Rolls for the East Riding in 1381 had what appeared to be variants of the name in the Cottingham district (“cum omne dominio suo”) –

Henry Nauendyk and his wife
William Nauendyk and his wife
Robert Nauedyk and his wife
William Naudyk and his wife
John Nauendyk
(Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, vol.20, pp.328-9)

Later we find –
John Nandyk in Beverley, 1441
John Nandyke (the same?) in Beverley, 1445
Thomas Nandyke, merchant, freeman of York, 1456
John Nandike, prior of Haltemprice (Cottingham district), 1514; his name also spelt Nandych and Nendike, 1517
Henry Nendyke of Cottingham and wife Alice, property owners in Hull, 1522-1540
Cuthbert Nandyk, merchant, freeman of York, 1547.
Richard Nendike and the unnamed widow of Robert Nendike in Beverley, 1578
William Nendick married Alice Hodgsonne at Kirby Grindalythe in East Yorkshire, 1601.

A landowning and armigerous family named Nandyke is recorded at Great Edstone in the North Riding in the early 17th century.
It seems that the Nan- spellings of the surname have not survived, or are so rare as to pass unnoticed. Nendick is not at all common and is found predominantly in Yorkshire and the North-East of England.

Addendum, 20.2.14: Since posting these notes I’ve read an article by Peter McLure on Cottingham surnames. He makes the Navendike/Nendick connection, but writes that Navendike was “a pasturage to the west of Hull Bank”. I don’t know how this affects my search for a connection between Navendike and Endike Lane, in what was once Newland of Cottingham. Perhaps the pastureland lay on the banks of a ditch or dike, and took its name from it.
I quote the McLure article –
“”In the Index of Wills in the York Registry, William Naundike of Cottingham died in 1454, Richard Nendyk junior, of Hull Bank, died in 1506, John Nendyk was buried in Cottingham in 1508, another John Nendyke died there in 1533, and Thomas Nandyke, gentleman, died in 1556, but he was not of Cottingham but of Kirkby Moorside, that other principal manor of the lords of Cottingham … A Thomas Nendick was christened in York in 1612, but the main line of the family seems to have settled in Malton by the 1660s, where it was strongly represented in the1881 census, with another branch in Driffield.”
(Peter McLure, “Cottingham Surnames”, Cottingham Local History Society Journal, vol.29, April 2011, pp 18-32)
Which pretty much establishes Nendick as a surname originating in the Lordship of Cottingham.


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