The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought the Mainerd family name to the British Isles. Mainerd comes from the Germanic personal name Mainard,
which is composed of the elements magin,
which means strength,
which means hardy, brave
This personal name was popular among the Normans
and it 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. The Normans
imported a vast number of Norman French personal names, which largely replaced traditional Old English personal names among the upper and middle classes.
Early Origins of the Mainerd family
The surname Mainerd was first found in Suffolk
at Hoxne, a parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred
of Hoxne. "Hoxne Hall, for many generations the residence of the Maynard family. In the north aisle [of the church] is a monument, with a group of figures finely sculptured in marble, to the memory of Sir Thomas Maynard, erected in 1742, by Christopher Stanley, Esq. A school, now in union with the National Society, was founded and endowed by Lord Maynard." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Mainerd family
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Mainerd Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Maynard, Mainard and others.
Early Notables of the Mainerd family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Maynard, 1st Baron
Maynard (c.1589-1640), an English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Essex
(1635-1640), Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire
(1640) and Custos Rotulorum of Essex
in 1640; William Maynard, 2nd Baron
Maynard (1623-1699); Banastre Maynard, 3rd Baron
Maynard (c 1642-1718), an English politician, Member... Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mainerd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mainerd family to Ireland
Some of the Mainerd family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Mainerd family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Mainerd or a variant listed above: Kingsmill Maynard settled in Virginia in 1663; James Maynard was banished from the west of England
to Barbados in 1685; Nicholas Maynard settled with his wife and five children and servants in Barbados in 1680.
The Mainerd 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: Manus justa nardus
Motto Translation: A just hand is a precious ointment.