Early Origins of the Mansham family
The surname Mansham was first found in Wiltshire
where the name was derived from the " Anglo-Saxon
mancgere, originally a merchant of the highest class. Aelfric's mancgere is represented as trading gems, gold, wine, oil, etc." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Mansham family
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Mansham Spelling Variations
Mansham has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Manger, Maynger, Mainger, Monger, Mansher, Mainsher, Maynsher and many more.
Early Notables of the Mansham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mansham family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Manshams to arrive on North American shores: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..