Mantal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Mantal family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Buckinghamshire. Their name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Mantell, near Gamages, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Mantal family

The surname Mantal was first found in Buckinghamshire.

"The name, as Mantel, dates from the Conquest in England. Turstin Mantel was a Baron in Buckinghamshire in 1086 (Domesday Book) where he also held some land under the Earl of Mortaine; and in 1115 King John granted Tottenhoe, in the same county, to Ralph Mantel. In 1210, Osbert Mantel is mentioned as enfeoffing Robert de Beauchamp; and another (if not the same, Ralph Mantel, as the deed is undated) granted Tottenhoe to Snelsham Priory; his son William and his brother Geoffrey witnessing the deed." [1]

Early History of the Mantal family

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Mantal 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 Mantal were recorded, including Mantell, Mantle, Mantel, Mantelle, Manstell and others.

Early Notables of the Mantal family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Mantal family

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, Australia, 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 Mantal arrived in North America very early: William Manstell arrived in Philadelphia in 1866; Charles Mantel arrived in Philadelphia in 1856; Elizabeth Mantell settled in Virginia with her husband in 1663..



  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3


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