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The name Mansfield arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mansfield family lived in Mansfield, a parish in Nottinghamshire. The place-name itself is a combination of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon terms, and literally signifies the field by the hill called Mam, from the Celtic word for a mother or a breast.

Mansfield Early Origins



The surname Mansfield was first found in Nottinghamshire at Mansfield, a market town that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Mamesfelde. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "open land by the River Maun," from the Celtic river name + the Old English word "feld." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Looking back further, the area is known to date back to Roman times, with a villa discovered in 1787 by a Major Rooke and a cache of denarii coins found near King's Mill in 1849. Some claim the early English royalty were said to have stayed in the area, with the Mercian Kings using it as a base for hunting in the nearby Sherwood Forest.

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Mansfield Spelling Variations


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Mansfield Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Mansfield, Manfield, Mansfeild and others.

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Mansfield Early History


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Mansfield Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mansfield research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1659 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Mansfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mansfield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mansfield Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mansfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mansfield In Ireland


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Mansfield In Ireland



Some of the Mansfield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Mansfield or a variant listed above:

Mansfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Davy Mansfield settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Davy Mansfield, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Robert Mansfield settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630
  • Thomas and Jane Mansfield settled in Virginia in 1634
  • John Mansfield settled in Boston in 1634
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mansfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Marry Mansfield, who landed in Virginia in 1718
  • Elizabeth Mansfield, who arrived in Carolina in 1724
  • John Mansfield, who arrived in America in 1765
  • Elizabeth Mansfield settled in Maryland in 1774

Mansfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Mansfield, aged 20, landed in New York in 1812
  • Marg Mansfield, aged 25, landed in America in 1822
  • L J Mansfield, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Henry Mansfield, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906
  • James Mansfield, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mansfield Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Mansfield, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Mansfield Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Peter Mansfield, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • Margaret Murphy Mansfield, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1840

Mansfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Mansfield, a baker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Mansfield, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Edward Mansfield, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  • George Mansfield arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Seppings" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEPPINGS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Seppings.htm
  • Richard Mansfield arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mansfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Mansfield landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1844
  • Henry Mansfield arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Robert Mansfield, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Ann Mansfield, aged 44, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Robert John Mansfield, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mansfield (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mansfield (post 1700)



  • Burt James Ray Mansfield (1941-1996), American NFL football center
  • Walter Roe Mansfield (1911-1987), American jurist, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1971-1987)
  • Joseph King Fenno Mansfield (1803-1862), American career United States Army officer, civil engineer, and a Union general in the American Civil War, mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam
  • Arabella Mansfield (1846-1911), the first American female lawyer
  • Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967), born Vera Jayne Palmer, American actress and sex symbol, her tragic death in a car accident inspired the addition of an ICC bar or better known as the Mansfield bar on the back of tractor trailers
  • Michael Joseph "Mike" Mansfield (1903-2001), Montana politician and statesman, the longest-serving Senate Majority Leader (1961 to 1977), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Edwin Mansfield (1930-1997), American professor of economics
  • Harvey Mansfield (b. 1932), Harvard Government Professor and conservative political commentator
  • John Vincent Mansfield (b. 1946), English former footballer
  • Michael Mansfield QC (b. 1941), English barrister and keynote speaker
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Mansfield Historic Events


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Mansfield Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Norman Leonard Mansfield (1922-1942), English Radio Operator from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing in action 1942

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William Mansfield (b. 1907), British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Mansfield


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Suggested Readings for the name Mansfield



  • Mansfield Genealogy by Geneva A. Daland.

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Mansfield Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEPPINGS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Seppings.htm

Other References

  1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Mansfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mansfield Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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