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


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Main, Maine, Mayne and others.

First found in Devon 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maine 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 Maine History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 113 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Maine 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.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Maine or a variant listed above:

Maine Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Maine of York, England, who came to America in 1629 and settled at York, Maine
  • Gregory Maine, who came to Virginia in 1650
  • Grigory Maine, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Ann Maine, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • Mary Maine, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Maine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Wm Maine, who arrived in Virginia in 1701-1702
  • Thomas Maine, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • George Maine, who settled in Georgia in 1735

Maine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edwd Maine, aged 20, landed in America in 1821
  • Charles Maine, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • N Maine, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Roman Maine, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1859

Maine Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Peter Maine, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Maine, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750


  • Sir Henry James Sumner Maine (1822-1888), English legal historian and historical anthropologist


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