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The name Mantle reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Mantle family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mantle 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.

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The surname Mantle 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.

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Mantell, Mantle, Mantel, Mantelle, Manstell and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mantle research. Another 202 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Mantle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Mantle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Mantle name or one of its variants:

Mantle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Joshua Parkes Mantle, aged 28, who settled in America from Wimbledon, England, in 1910
  • Michael Mantle, aged 22, who landed in America from Hisconnor, Ireland, in 1910
  • Philipp Mantle, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Southampton, England, in 1910
  • Frederick James Mantle, aged 25, who settled in America from Nunlaton, England, in 1912
  • Elsie Kathleen Mantle, aged 24, who landed in America from London, England, in 1913


Mantle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Ellen Mantle, aged 12, landed in Canada in 1823
  • James Mantle, aged 18, landed in Canada in 1823
  • John Mantle, aged 45, arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Katharine Mantle, aged 2, landed in Canada in 1823
  • Margaret Mantle, aged 10, arrived in Canada in 1823


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  • Larry Mantle (b. 1957), American radio show host
  • Merlyn Mantle (1932-2009), American author
  • Lee Mantle (1851-1934), United States Senator
  • Robert Burns Mantle (1873-1948), well-known American drama critic
  • Lee Mantle (1851-1934), American Republican politician, Mayor of Butte, Montana, 1892; Montana Republican State Chair, 1892-94, 1904; U.S. Senator from Montana, 1895-99
  • C. Lee Mantle, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1972
  • Mickey Charles Mantle (1931-1995), American baseball player, inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974
  • Mr. Roland Frederick Mantle (d. 1912), aged 36, English Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Joseph "Joe" Mantle (1908-1977), English professional footballer
  • Leading Seaman Jack Foreman Mantle (1917-1940), English recipient of the Victoria Cross

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The Mantle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mantle Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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