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Mainwaring is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mainwaring family lived in a place that in Anglo-Norman French was named Mesnil Warin, which means domain of Warin. The Mesnil-Garin's were a well-known Norman family. The family name Mainwaring 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 frequently used the name of their estate in Normandy as part of their name. They also imported a vast number of Norman French personal names, which largely replaced traditional Old English personal names among the upper and middle classes.

Mainwaring Early Origins



The surname Mainwaring was first found in Cheshire where "Randulphus de Mesniwarin, who accompanied William the Conqueror, and received from him Warmingham, Peover, and thirteen other lordships in Cheshire, together with one in Norfolk. His descendants spread into many branches in Cheshire, and into northern counties." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Sir William Dugdale stated "the name of this celebrated family has been spelt in the astonishing number of one hundred and thirty-five forms, in old records and more modern writings." Also in Cheshire, Ashton was an ancient family seat. "The manor [of Ashton] was held in the reign of Edward I. by the Mainwaring family, from whom it descended by female heirs to the Veres and Trussells." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
However some of the family were found south in Devon. "In the reign of Elizabeth the manor [of Sidmouth] was leased to Sir William Perryan, and in that of James I. to Sir Christopher Mainwaring; it was subsequently sold to Sir Edmond Prideaux, with the exception of the great tithes, which were given to Wadham College." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
And another branch of the family was found at Baddiley in Cheshire. "Baddiley Hall, once the noble residence of the Mainwarings, is now a farmhouse." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Mainwaring Spelling Variations


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Mainwaring Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Mainwaring, Maynwaring, Mannering and others.

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Mainwaring Early History


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Mainwaring Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mainwaring research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1515, 1589, 1661, 1634, 1625, 1661, 1623, 1689, 1660, 1656, 1702, 1689, 1702, 1586, 1653 and 1616 are included under the topic Early Mainwaring History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mainwaring Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mainwaring Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Philip Mainwaring (1589-1661), Principal Secretary to the Lord Deputy of Ireland (1634) and English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1625 and 1661; Sir Thomas Mainwaring, 1st Baronet (1623-1689), Member of Parliament for Cheshire 1660; Sir John Mainwaring, 2nd...

Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mainwaring Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mainwaring In Ireland


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Mainwaring In Ireland



Some of the Mainwaring family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words (4 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



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Mainwaring name or one of its variants:

Mainwaring Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Mainwaring, who landed in Maryland in 1650
  • Thomas Mainwaring, who settled in New Jersey in 1664

Mainwaring Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles and James Mainwaring settled in Virginia in 1767

Mainwaring Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Mainwaring, who arrived in Colorado in 1896

Mainwaring Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Mainwaring arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hindoo" in 1848

Mainwaring Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Mainwaring landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • James Mainwaring arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Canute" in 1867

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mainwaring (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mainwaring (post 1700)



  • Daniel Mainwaring (1902-1977), American novelist and screenwriter, who sometimes wrote under the name Geoffrey Homes
  • Captain John Mainwaring, American WWII pilot
  • Marion Mainwaring (b. 1922), American novelist
  • John Mainwaring (1735-1807), English theologian and the first biographer of the composer Georg Friedrich Handel
  • Matthew Thomas "Matty" Mainwaring (b. 1990), English football midfielder
  • William Thomas "Billy" Mainwaring (b. 1941), Welsh international second row rugby union player
  • Bernard Mainwaring (1897-1963), British film director
  • Chris Douglas Mainwaring (1965-2007), Australian rules footballer
  • Brigadier Hugh Mainwaring (b. 1906), British Lord Lieutenant of Flintshire (1951-1974), and Lord Lt. of Clwyd (1974-1976)
  • William Henry Mainwaring (1884-1971), Welsh coal miner and trade unionist, who became a long-serving member of the UK Parliament
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Mainwaring Historic Events


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Mainwaring Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Richard D Mainwaring, British Ordnance Artificer 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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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: Devant si je puis
Motto Translation: Foremost if I can.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

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  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. 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.
  5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Mainwaring Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mainwaring 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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