Mansly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Mansly family
The surname Mansly 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'" 
Early History of the Mansly family
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Mansly Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Mansell, Mansel, Mancell, Mauncell and others.
Early Notables of the Mansly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mansly family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Mansell settled in Virginia in 1653; William Mansell arrived in Maryland in 1731; Robert Mansell settled in Boston in 1679.
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The Mansly 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.
- ^ 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)