Show ContentsMantel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Mantel is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mantel family 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 Mantel family

The surname Mantel 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 Mantel family

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Mantel Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Mantel include Mantell, Mantle, Mantel, Mantelle, Manstell and others.

Early Notables of the Mantel family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • Mantell of Northampton

Mantel Ranking

In France, the name Mantel is the 6,424th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2]

United States Mantel migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Mantels to arrive on North American shores:

Mantel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christoph Mantel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1753 along with Yerick Adam Mantel
  • Christian Mantel, aged 27, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [3]
  • Yerrick Adam Mantel, aged 24, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [3]
  • Johann Paul Mantel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1777
  • Johann Paul Mantel, who landed in America in 1783 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mantel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Mantel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856
  • Charles Mantel, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1861 [3]
  • Adolf Mantel, aged 29, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893 [3]

New Zealand Mantel migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mantel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Mantel, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Bride" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 21st June 1858 [4]
  • Laura Mantel, aged 19, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Gertrude Mantel, aged 17, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Mantel (post 1700) +

  • Dame Hilary Mary Mantel DBE, FRSL (1952-2022), née Thompson, English of historical fiction, personal memoirs and short stories, known for “Wolf Hall” and two other novels based on the life of Thomas Cromwell, winner of two Booker Prizes

  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
  3. 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)
  4. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook