The roots of the Mainson family name are in ancient Scotland
with the Viking settlers. Mainson was derived from the personal name Magnus,
which is derived from the Latin word magnus,
which means great.
This name was popular among the Norsemen and was borrowed in honor of Charlemagne
, who was known as Carolus Magnus
Early Origins of the Mainson family
The surname Mainson was first found in Caithness
(Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland
, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland.
Early History of the Mainson family
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Mainson Spelling Variations
Sound and intuition were the main things that scribes in the Middle Ages relied on when spelling and translating names. Since those factors varied, so did the spelling of the names. Spelling variations
of the name Mainson include Manson, Manseon, Mansson, Mainson, Monson, Mansoun, Magnuson and many more.
Early Notables of the Mainson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mainson family to the New World and Oceana
In North America, the monarchy was thousands of miles away and Scots were free to settle on their own land and practice their own beliefs. The American War of Independence
provided an opportunity for these settlers to pay back the English monarchy and forge a new nation. Recently, this heritage has survived through North American highland games and Clan
societies. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Mainson or a variant listed above:
Mainson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jon Mainson, who landed in Virginia in 1643 CITATION[CLOSE]
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 Mainson 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: Meae menor originis
Motto Translation: Mindful of my origin.