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Main Early Origins



The surname Main was first found in Devon at King's Nympton, a parish, in the union of South Molton, hundred of Witheridge. The manor, which was parcel of the ancient demesne of the crown, was granted by King John to Joel de Mayne, by whose rebellion it was again vested in the crown: it was given by Henry III. to Roger le Zouch. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Main Spelling Variations


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Main Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Main, Maine, Mayne and others.

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Main Early History


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Main Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Main research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1544, 1577, 1612, 1661, 1633, 1711, 1702, 1711, 1705, 1708 and are included under the topic Early Main History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Main Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Main Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Saint Cuthbert Mayne (1544-1577), an English Roman Catholic priest and martyr of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation; Simon Mayne (1612-1661), English Member of Parliament from Dinton...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Main Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Main In Ireland


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Main In Ireland



Some of the Main family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Main or a variant listed above:

Main Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Andrew Main, his wife and child, who came to Barbados in 1679
  • John Main, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1699

Main Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Main, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • Captain Main, who settled in Boston in 1768

Main Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Main, who landed in America in 1806
  • Alexander Main, aged 24, landed in New York in 1812
  • Elizabeth Main, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1831
  • Jessie Main, who arrived in New York in 1837
  • Margaret Main, who arrived in New York in 1837
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Main Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Pierre Main, aged 22, arrived in Montreal in 1714
  • James Main, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Main, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Main, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Andrew Main, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Main Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • David Main, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • George B Main, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Main Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • W. Main arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm
  • William Main, aged 27, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"
  • James Main, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

Main Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Main, aged 30, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Margaret Main, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Margaret Main, aged 10, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • John Main, aged 5, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Robert Main, aged 3, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Main (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Main (post 1700)



  • William Joseph Main, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Portsmouth, 1898
  • Walter A. Main, American politician, First Selectman of Orange, Connecticut, 1888-1911
  • W. F. Main, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1900
  • Thomas B. Main, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Midland, Michigan, 1915
  • Verner Wright Main (1885-1965), American Republican politician, Lawyer
  • Silas S. Main (1867-1954), American politician, Mayor of Lansing, Michigan, 1922-23
  • Sidney Main, American Democrat politician, Constitutional Democratic Candidate for Michigan State Treasurer, 1938
  • Ralph A. Main, American politician, Mayor of Birmingham, Michigan, 1954
  • Robert Gordon Main, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Franklin County, 1951-59; Justice of New York Supreme Court 4th District; Elected 1959
  • Ora Main, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Kentucky State Senate 12th District, 1981
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Main Historic Events


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Main Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Louise  Main (1842-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Suggested Readings for the name Main


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Suggested Readings for the name Main



  • Nimmo, Waddle (Waddell), Gavin Wilson Families Including Mains & Marshall Families of H. Jasper & Marion Counties, IA by Sylvia Nimmo.

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Motto


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Motto



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: Projeci
Motto Translation: I have thrown away.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Main Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Main 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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