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Mains Early Origins



The surname Mains 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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Mains Spelling Variations


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Mains 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 Main, Maine, Mayne and others.

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Mains Early History


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Mains Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mains 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 Mains History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mains Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mains 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 Mains Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mains In Ireland


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Mains In Ireland



Some of the Mains 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



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 Mains or a variant listed above were:

Mains Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Mains, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Peter Mains, aged 25, arrived in America in 1822

Mains Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Mains, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Andrew Mains, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773

Mains Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Mains, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • Margaret Mains, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • William Mains, aged ?, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • Daniel Mains, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833

Mains Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Mains, aged 42, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mains (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mains (post 1700)



  • William C. Mains (1869-1909), American Republican politician, crusader against saloons in Mt. Vernon, New York; Member of New York State Assembly from Westchester County 1st District, 1901
  • W. Lee Mains, American politician, Mayor of Billings, Montana, 1919-21
  • Robert Mains Jr., American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 14th District, 1902, 1903, 1904
  • Doug Mains, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 14th District, 1996
  • Gilbert Lee "Gil" Mains (1929-2009), American AFL football defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions (1953 to 1961)
  • James Royal Mains (1922-1969), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Willard Eben Mains (1868-1923), American National League Baseball pitcher
  • Gil Mains (1930-2009), American football player
  • Johnny Mains (b. 1976), Scottish editor and writer of horror fiction
  • Laurence William 'Laurie' Mains MNZM (b. 1946), New Zealand retired rugby union footballer and coach

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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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Mains Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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The Mains Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mains 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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