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Where did the English Mainard family come from? What is the English Mainard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mainard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mainard family history?Mainard is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Mainard is a name that comes from the Germanic personal name Mainard, which is composed of the elements magin, which means strength, and hard, which means hardy, brave or strong. This personal name was popular among the Normans and it was brought to England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats. The Normans imported a vast number of Norman French personal names, which largely replaced traditional Old English personal names among the upper and middle classes.
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Mainard family name include Maynard, Mainard and others.
First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mainard research. Another 195 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1577, 1614, 1611, 1602, 1690, 1638, 1662 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Mainard History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 101 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mainard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Mainard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Mainard family to immigrate North America: Kingsmill Maynard settled in Virginia in 1663; James Maynard was banished from the west of England to Barbados in 1685; Nicholas Maynard settled with his wife and five children and servants in Barbados in 1680.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Manus justa nardus
Motto Translation: A just hand is a precious ointment.
The Mainard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mainard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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