Mannell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Mannell was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mannell family lived in Derbyshire. The name, however, refers to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Mesnil, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Mannell family

The surname Mannell was first found in Derbyshire during the reign of Henry II where "one of the most ancient possessions was Langley-Maynell, in that county, an estate which remained in the family till the end of the fourteenth century. A younger son at this period was seated at Yeaveley, his grandson at Willington." [1] Confirming this early origin, another source notes: "The manor took its name of Meynell from an ancient family who possessed it so early as the reign of Edward III. and from whom it passed, by successive female heirs." [2]

But in 1669, Isaac Meynell, citizen of London bought the manor back from William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle, only to have his only daughter and heiress convey the lands to the Cecils who again sold the lands back to another branch of the family of Meynell. By far the strongest branch of the family was found later in Staffordshire at Hore-Cross. [3]

The parish of Sowerby in the North Riding of Yorkshire was home to yet another branch of the family. "This place, at an early period, was the property of the Lascelles family, who in the reign of Elizabeth granted it to the Meynells, whose descendant Thomas Meynell, Esq., is now lord of the manor." [2]

Early History of the Mannell family

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Mannell 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 Meynell, Meynill, Meynil, Menel, Mannell, Maynell, Maynall and many more.

Early Notables of the Mannell family (pre 1700)

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United States Mannell 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 Mannell or a variant listed above:

Mannell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Mannell, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [4]

Australia Mannell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mannell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Mannell, (b. 1803), aged 46, Cornish stonemason travelling aboard the ship "St Vincent" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th March 1849 [5]
  • Mrs. Jane Mannell, (b. 1804), aged 45, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "St Vincent" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th March 1849 [5]
  • Miss Susan A. Mannell, (b. 1828), aged 21, Cornish cook travelling aboard the ship "St Vincent" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th March 1849 [5]
  • Miss Martha Mannell, (b. 1829), aged 20, Cornish housemaid travelling aboard the ship "St Vincent" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th March 1849 [5]
  • Miss Elizabeth Mannell, (b. 1831), aged 18, English general servant from Saint Helier, Jersey, UK travelling aboard the ship "St Vincent" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th March 1849 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Mannell migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mannell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • T. T. Mannell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Mannell (post 1700) +


    HMS Prince of Wales
    • Mr. Stanley Mannell, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [6]


    The Mannell 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: Deus non reliquit memoriam humilium
    Motto Translation: God hath not forgotten the humble.


    1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
    2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
    3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
    4. ^ 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)
    5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
    6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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