1. of a person: courteous, civil, gracious; lovely, agreeable; noble, valiant ...a1250 obs.
2. useful ...c1275 obs.
a lovely or agreeable person ...a1350 obs.
probably from hend (adj. courteous, gracious, kind) + -y,
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
a1250 - see EXAMPLE below
"...Þeonne beo ȝe his hendi children þet cusseð þe ȝerden þet he haueð ou mide i þrosschen..."
From: The English Text of the Ancrene Riwle: edited from Cotton MS. Nero A.xiv
Edited by Mabel Day