Manwill is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Manwill family lived in Mandeville, near Valognes, Cotentin, Normandy
. In Mandeville, the Norman Manwill family were nobles who possessed a castle and vast estates. The family name Manwill 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. Frequently, the Normans
, such as the Manwill family, identified themselves by reference to the estates from which they came from in Northern France.
Early Origins of the Manwill family
The surname Manwill was first found in Wiltshire
where they were anciently granted lands by William Duke of Normandy
for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Geoffrey de Mandeville (c.1100) was an important Domesday tenant-in-chief; he was granted large estates in Essex
, and in ten other shires by William, and was Constable of the Tower of London.
They were granted no less than 118 Lordships after the Conquest. William's descendent Geoffrey de Mandeville (d. 1144,) was created the 1st Earl of Essex, a title which became extinct in the 12th century after the death of the 3rd Earl.
The chief seat of the Mandevilles was at Walden in Essex, but many junior lines abounded. "Jehan de Mandeville", translated as "Sir John Mandeville", was noted as the compiler of a singular book of supposed travels, written in Anglo-Norman French, published between 1357 and 1371. They were Lords of the Manor of Earl's Stoke, in Wiltshire and also were granted lands in Devon.
Early History of the Manwill family
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Manwill Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Mansville, Manvell, Mandeville, Magneville, Magnevilla, Manville, Mannevill, Manneville, Mandevile, Mansvile, Mansville, Mandevill, Manvill, Mansvill, Mansvil, Mandevil, Mandervil, Mandervill, Manderville, Mandavile, Mandavil, Mandavill, Mandaville, Mandavall, Mandavalle, Mandaval, Mandvill, Mandville, Mandvil and many more.
Early Notables of the Manwill family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was "Jehan de Mandeville", better known as "Sir John Mandeville", ( fl.
1357), English knight born at St. Albans, who complied "The Travels of Sir John Mandeville," a book account of his supposed travels throughout Europe published between 1357 and 1371; William de Mandeville (d. 1189), 3rd Earl... Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Manwill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Manwill family to Ireland
Some of the Manwill family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Manwill family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Manwill or a variant listed above were: Gillis Mandeville, who settled in New York in 1659; Miss Mandeville settled in Barbados in 1774; Mary Mandeville settled in Maryland in 1738. In Newfoundland, Canada, Patrick Mandavile from Clonmell, Tipperary
, was married in St. John's in 1805.
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