Manefold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Manefold family
The surname Manefold was first found in Cheshire where the family name was first referenced in the 13th century. Literally the name means "many folds," from the Anglo-Saxon words "maning" +"folds."
In Yorkshire, early records there show Roger de Manfeld listed in the Feet of Fines for 1303; and Robert Manfeld in 1413-1414. 
Early History of the Manefold family
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Manefold 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 Manefold 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 Manefold include: Manfold, Manifold, Manyfold, Manefold, Manifolt and others.
Early Notables of the Manefold family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Manefold family
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 Manefold or a variant listed above: John Manifold, who settled in Boston in 1635; William Manifold, who settled in Virginia in 1635;Joseph Manifold, who arrived in Maryland in 1771; and Joseph Manyfold, who arrived in Maryland in 1773..
- Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)