The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Mansbrege family, who lived in Mandeville, near Valognes, Cotentin, Normandy
. In Mandeville, the Norman Mansbrege family were nobles who possessed a castle and vast estates. The family name Mansbrege was brought to England
after the Norman Conquest
, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon
aristocrats. Frequently, the Normans
, such as the Mansbrege family, identified themselves by reference to the estates from which they came from in Northern France.
Early Origins of the Mansbrege family
The surname Mansbrege 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 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.
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 History of the Mansbrege family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mansbrege research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1357, 1357, 1371, 1189, 1670 and 1733 are included under the topic Early Mansbrege History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mansbrege Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Mansbrege were recorded, including 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 Mansbrege family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was "Jehan de Mandeville", better known as "Sir John Mandeville", ( fl.
1357), English knight born at St. Albans, who complied "The Travels of Sir John Mandeville," a book account of his supposed travels throughout Europe published between 1357 and 1371; William de Mandeville (d... Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mansbrege Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mansbrege family to Ireland
Some of the Mansbrege family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mansbrege family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Mansbrege arrived in North America very early: Gillis Mandeville, who settled in New York in 1659; Miss Mandeville settled in Barbados in 1774; Mary Mandeville settled in Maryland in 1738. In Newfoundland, Canada, Patrick Mandavile from Clonmell, Tipperary
, was married in St. John's in 1805.