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Monell is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Monell family lived in the places named Manley in Cheshire. The place-name was originally derived from the Old English word moene, which means common or shared, and leah, which means wood or clearing. This surname is still found most frequently around the villages of Manley in Devon and Cheshire.
Early Origins of the Monell family
The surname Monell was first found in Cheshire at Manley, a village and civil parish in the union of Runcorn, Second division of the hundred of Eddisbury that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Menlie. The place name literally means "common wood or clearing," having derived from the Old English words maene + leah.  The surname is ancient. In fact, the coat of arms described later in this history traces it's origin to a registration in the Battell Abbey Roll as one of the "companions in arms" of the Conqueror.
Important Dates for the Monell family
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Monell Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Manley, Mandley, Mandly, Manly, Mannley and others.
Early Notables of the Monell family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Manley (c 1622-1699), an English politician, Post Master General, Member of Parliament for Denbigh Boroughs in 1659; and...
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Migration of the Monell family to Ireland
Some of the Monell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Monell migration to the United States
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Monell or a variant listed above:
Typical Monell Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Monell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Edward Monell, aged 28, who landed in New York in 1812 
Monell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Maude Monell Monell, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1904
- Wye Monell, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
- Maude M. Monell, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1905
- Mary Monell, aged 72, who landed in America, in 1907
- Alice Monell, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name Monell (post 1700)
- Robert Monell (1787-1860), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chenango County, 1814-15, 1825-26, 1828; U.S. Representative from New York, 1819-21, 1829-31 
- Joseph Dwight Monell (1781-1861), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Columbia County, 1824 
- Robert Monell (1786-1860), American lawyer and politician from New York
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- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html