Mannyford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Mannyford family

The surname Mannyford 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 Mannyford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mannyford research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1618, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Mannyford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mannyford Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Mannyford has been spelled many different ways, including Manfold, Manifold, Manyfold, Manefold, Manifolt and others.

Early Notables of the Mannyford family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Mannyford family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Mannyfords to arrive in 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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