Mannyfold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Mannyfold family

The surname Mannyfold 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. [1]

Early History of the Mannyfold family

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Mannyfold Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Mannyfold were recorded, including Manfold, Manifold, Manyfold, Manefold, Manifolt and others.

Early Notables of the Mannyfold family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Mannyfold family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Mannyfold family emigrate to North America: 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..



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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