The saga of the name Mainston begins among the Viking settlers who arrived in Scotland
in the medieval era. The name Mainston is 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 Mainston family
The surname Mainston 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 Mainston family
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Mainston Spelling Variations
Contemporary spellings of ancient Scottish names often bear little resemblance to the original recorded versions. These spelling variations
result from the fact that medieval scribes spelled words and names alike according to their sounds. Mainston has been spelled Manson, Manseon, Mansson, Mainson, Monson, Mansoun, Magnuson and many more.
Early Notables of the Mainston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mainston family to the New World and Oceana
The colonies on the fertile east coast of North America soon had many farms run by Scots. These hardy settlers provided a backbone for the great nations of the United States and Canada that would emerge in the next centuries. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Mainston or a variant listed above, including: Luke Manson settled in Virginia in 1654; Barbara, Elizabeth and her mother Elizabeth, Janet, Margaret, and Thomas Manson all settled in Georgia in 1775.
The Mainston 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.