Show ContentsMandeville History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Mandeville family lived in Mandeville, near Valognes, Cotentin, Normandy. In Mandeville, the Norman Mandeville family were nobles who possessed a castle and vast estates. [1]

"Upon the first arrival in England of the Conqueror, there was amongst his companions a famous soldier, called Geffray de Magnavil, so designated from the town of Magnavil in the Duchy of Normandy, who obtained as his share in the spoil of conquest, divers fair and wide spreading domains in the counties of Berks, Suffolk, Middlesex, Surrey, Oxford, Cambridge, Harts, Northampton, Warwick, and Essex. The grandson of this richly gifted noble, another Geoffrey de Mandeville, was advanced by King Stephen to the Earldom of Essex." [2]

Early Origins of the Mandeville family

The surname Mandeville was first found in Wiltshire where they were anciently granted lands by William Duke of Normandy for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Geoffrey (Goisfrid) de Mandeville (c.1100) was an important Domesday tenant-in-chief; he was granted large estates in Essex, and in ten other shires by William, and was Constable of the Tower of London. [3]

They were granted no less than 118 Lordships after the Conquest. William's descendent Geoffrey de Mandeville (d. 1144,) was created the 1st Earl of Essex, a title which became extinct in the 12th century after the death of the 3rd Earl.

The chief seat of the Mandevilles was at Walden in Essex, but many junior lines abounded. "Jehan de Mandeville", translated as "Sir John Mandeville", was noted as the compiler of a singular book of supposed travels, written in Anglo-Norman French, published between 1357 and 1371. They were Lords of the Manor of Earl's Stoke, in Wiltshire and also were granted lands in Devon.

Early rolls proved their widespread influence. Ernulf de Mandeuill was recorded in the Pipe Rolls for Wiltshire in 1158 and later, William de Manevell was found in Berkshire in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1210. Willaim de Manewell was registered in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Nigel de Manderville, Berkshire; and Ernald de Maundeville, Suffolk. [5]

The Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I listed Walter de Maundevill, Kent, 20 Edward I (during the twentieth year of King Edward I's reign.) [6]

Early History of the Mandeville family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mandeville research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1357, 1371, 1670 and 1733 are included under the topic Early Mandeville History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mandeville Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Mansville, Manvell, Mandeville, Magneville, Magnevilla, Manville, Mannevill, Manneville, Mandevile, Mansvile, Mansville, Mandevill, Manvill, Mansvill, Mansvil, Mandevil, Mandervil, Mandervill, Manderville, Mandavile, Mandavil, Mandavill, Mandaville, Mandavall, Mandavalle, Mandaval, Mandvill, Mandville, Mandvil and many more.

Early Notables of the Mandeville family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • William de Mandeville (d. 1189), 3rd Earl of Essex, Count of Aumale, and Chief Justiciar of England, who was a councilor to Kings Henry II and Richard I of England
  • Bernard Mandeville, (1670-1733), a philosopher, political economist and satirist. Born in the Netherlands, he lived most of his life in England. He became famous his work: The Fable of the Bees

Mandeville Ranking

In the United States, the name Mandeville is the 9,806th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [7]

Ireland Migration of the Mandeville family to Ireland

Some of the Mandeville family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Mandeville migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Mandeville or a variant listed above:

Mandeville Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Gillis Mandeville, who arrived in New York in 1659 [8]
Mandeville Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Mandeville, who settled in Maryland in 1738
Mandeville Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Mandeville, who landed in Mississippi in 1844 [8]
  • James Mandeville, aged 31, who arrived in Missouri in 1848 [8]

Canada Mandeville migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mandeville Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Richard Mandeville U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 he served in the Royal Rangers of New York [9]
  • Sgt. Richard Mandeville U.E. who settled in Eastern District, Williamsburgh, South Dundas, Ontario c. 1784 he served in the Royal Rangers of New York [9]
Mandeville Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

West Indies Mandeville migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [11]
Mandeville Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Miss Mandeville, who settled in Barbados in 1774

Contemporary Notables of the name Mandeville (post 1700) +

  • William Griffin Mandeville (1807-1885), American politician, Member of the New York State Senate (1858-1859) and Union Army officer
  • Chris Scott Mandeville (b. 1965), former American NFL football defensive back who played from 1987 through 1989
  • William G. Mandeville, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Columbia County, 1841; Member of New York State Senate 11th District, 1858-59 [12]
  • Richard J. Mandeville, American Republican politician, Candidate for Rhode Island State House of Representatives 53rd District, 2002 [12]
  • Lee Mandeville, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1888 [12]
  • L. P. Mandeville, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1912 [12]
  • Joshua Mandeville, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Saratoga County, 1829 [12]
  • John E. Mandeville, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1948 [12]
  • James W. Mandeville, American politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1853-55 [12]
  • James J. Mandeville, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1916 [12]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  2. Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  7. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  8. 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)
  9. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  10. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  12. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook