The name Mancaster is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in Manchester, which was in the counties of Warwickshire
. The Mancaster surname is ahabitation
name that was originally derived from a pre-existing name for a town, village, parish, or farmstead.
Early Origins of the Mancaster family
The surname Mancaster was first found in Greater Manchester. The name originates from the Ancient Roman name Mamucium, which was the name of a Roman fort and settlement there. By the 4th century, records showed the spelling as Mamucio and much later in the Domesday Book
it was listed as Mamecestre. The place name literally is derived from the Ole English word "ceaster" which means "Roman fort or town."
Early History of the Mancaster family
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Mancaster Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Mancaster are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Mancaster include: Manchester, Mancester and others.
Early Notables of the Mancaster family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mancaster family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Mancaster or a variant listed above: Jonathan Manchest settled in Virginia in 1645; Richard Manchester settled in Philadelphia in 1826; James Manchester arrived in Philadelphia in 1855; Burrell Manchester arrived in San Francisco in 1852..