Show ContentsMansel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Mansel family

The surname Mansel was first found in Kelso, Scotland where "this name first appears in connection with the Abbey of Kelso and shortly afterwards with the Abbey of Arbroath. About 1180 Andrew Maunsel or Mansel witnessed a charter of the church of Pencathlan to Kelso. Willelmus Manselmus witnessed William de Moreuille's charter of Gillemoristun to Edulfus filius Uctredi before 1196."

"Between 1198 and 1222 we find Andrew Maunsel witnessing charters by William de Veteri Ponte and Bernard de Haudene in favor of Kelso Abbey and also witnessing the charter of the church of Brennath (Birnie in Moray) to the same abbey. About 1200 he granted liberty to the Abbey of Kelso to build a weir upon part of his ground 'in le halech ex orientali parte ville de Roxbergh'" 1

Early History of the Mansel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mansel research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1783, 1818, 1820, 1835, 1850, 1855 and 1871 are included under the topic Early Mansel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mansel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mansell, Mansel, Mancell, Mauncell and others.

Early Notables of the Mansel family

Notable among the family at this time was

  • Henry Longueville Mansel (1820-1871), English metaphysician, born on 6 Oct. 1820 at the rectory of Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, the eldest son and fourth of the eight children (six daughters and two so...

United States Mansel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mansel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Mansel, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Jon Mansel, who landed in Virginia in 1653 2

Canada Mansel migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mansel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Mansel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1802
  • James Mansel, aged 45, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the barque "New Brunswick" from Liverpool, England

Contemporary Notables of the name Mansel (post 1700) +

  • James Mansel, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1900, 1904, 1908 3
  • Sir Thomas Mansel (b. 1727), elevated to the peerage as Baron Mansel of Margam in 1723
  • Sir Phillip Mansel,
  • Henry Longueville Mansel (1820-1871), English philosopher and clergyman
  • Canon James Seymour Denis Mansel,
  • Sir Mansel Aylward FLSW (1942-2024), Welsh public health physician and academic, Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director and Chief Scientist at the U.K. Government Department for Work and Pensions

The Mansel 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: Quod vult valde vult
Motto Translation: Whae he wishes, he wishes fervently.

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from on Facebook