The name Mantell reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Mantell family lived in Buckinghamshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Mantell, near Gamages, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Mantell family
The surname Mantell was first found in Buckinghamshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Mantell family
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Mantell Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Mantell family name include Mantell, Mantle, Mantel, Mantelle, Manstell and others.
Early Notables of the Mantell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mantell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Mantell family to immigrate North America:
Mantell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Elizabeth Mantell, who settled in Virginia with her husband in 1663
Mantell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- W B D Mantell, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Oriental
- W. Mantell, aged 21, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
- W. Mantell, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860
Contemporary Notables of the name Mantell (post 1700)
- Robert Bruce Mantell (1854-1928), Scottish-born, American Shakespearean stage actor
- Michael Mantell, American Copper Wing Award winning actor
- Joe Mantell (1915-2010), American Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as "Angie" in the 1955 film Marty
- Thomas F. Mantell (d. 1948), American pilot, eponym of the Mantell UFO incident
- David Norman Mantell (b. 1934), former English cricketer
- Walter Baldock Durrant Mantell (1820-1895), English-born, New Zealand scientist, politician, founder and first secretary of the New Zealand Institute
- Gideon Algernon Mantell (1790-1852), English paleontologist
- Simon Mantell (b. 1984), British field hockey player
- Richard Mantell (b. 1984), British field hockey player