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Where did the English Munshaw family come from? What is the English Munshaw family crest and coat of arms? When did the Munshaw family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Munshaw family history?The ancestors of the name Munshaw date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the parish of Minshull, which was located five miles from Nantwich in the county of Cheshire. The surname Munshaw belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Munshaw has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Minshull, Minshall, Minshaw, Mynshawe, Mynshewe and many more.
First found in Cheshire 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 Munshaw research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1359, 1686, 1643, 1686 and 1617 are included under the topic Early Munshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 93 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Munshaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Munshaws to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Minshall and his wife Margaret who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; John Minshall who settled in Philadelphia in 1823 and Richard Minshall who settled in Maryland in 1680..
The Munshaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Munshaw 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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