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Where did the English Mennell family come from? What is the English Mennell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mennell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mennell family history?

The history of the Mennell family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Yorkshire. The name, however, refers to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Mesnil, Normandy.

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Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Meynell, Meynill, Meynil,Menel, Mannell, Maynell, Maynall and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mennell research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mennell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Mennell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Mennell name or one of its variants:

Mennell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Conrad Mennell, who arrived in Baltimore in 1831
  • R. Mennell, who was naturalized in Pennsylvania in 1852

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  • Daphne Mennell, Canadian artist


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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: Deus non reliquit memoriam humilium
Motto Translation: God hath not forgotten the humble.

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The Mennell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mennell 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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