The ancestors of the bearers of the Mancetter family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Manchester, which was in the counties of Warwickshire
. The Mancetter surname is ahabitation
name that was originally derived from a pre-existing name for a town, village, parish, or farmstead.
Early Origins of the Mancetter family
The surname Mancetter 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 Mancetter family
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Mancetter Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Mancetter include Manchester, Mancester and others.
Early Notables of the Mancetter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mancetter family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Mancetter 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..