Today's generation of the Manville family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Manville family lived in Mandeville, near Valognes, Cotentin, Normandy
. In Mandeville, the Norman Manville family were nobles who possessed a castle and vast estates. The family name Manville was brought to England
after the Norman Conquest
, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon
aristocrats. Frequently, the Normans
, such as the Manville family, identified themselves by reference to the estates from which they came from in Northern France.
Early Origins of the Manville family
The surname Manville was first found in Wiltshire
where they were anciently granted lands by William Duke of Normandy
for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Geoffrey de Mandeville (c.1100) was an important Domesday tenant-in-chief; he was granted large estates in Essex
, and in ten other shires by William, and was Constable of the Tower of London.
They were granted no less than 118 Lordships after the Conquest. William's descendent Geoffrey de Mandeville (d. 1144,) was created the 1st Earl of Essex, a title which became extinct in the 12th century after the death of the 3rd Earl.
The chief seat of the Mandevilles was at Walden in Essex, but many junior lines abounded. "Jehan de Mandeville", translated as "Sir John Mandeville", was noted as the compiler of a singular book of supposed travels, written in Anglo-Norman French, published between 1357 and 1371. They were Lords of the Manor of Earl's Stoke, in Wiltshire and also were granted lands in Devon.
Early History of the Manville family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manville research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1357, 1357, 1371, 1189, 1670 and 1733 are included under the topic Early Manville History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Manville 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 Manville were recorded, including Mansville, Manvell, Mandeville, Magneville, Magnevilla, Manville, Mannevill, Manneville, Mandevile, Mansvile, Mansville, Mandevill, Manvill, Mansvill, Mansvil, Mandevil, Mandervil, Mandervill, Manderville, Mandavile, Mandavil, Mandavill, Mandaville, Mandavall, Mandavalle, Mandaval, Mandvill, Mandville, Mandvil and many more.
Early Notables of the Manville family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was "Jehan de Mandeville", better known as "Sir John Mandeville", ( fl.
1357), English knight born at St. Albans, who complied "The Travels of Sir John Mandeville," a book account of his supposed travels throughout Europe published between 1357 and 1371; William de Mandeville (d... Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Manville Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Manville family to Ireland
Some of the Manville family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Manville family to the New World and Oceana
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
, 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 Manville arrived in North America very early:
Manville Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mathew W Manville, who arrived in Arkansas in 1892 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Manville (post 1700)
- Charles J. Manville, American businessman who developed the Manville gun was a stockless, semi-automatic, revolver type gun in 1935
- Thomas Franklyn "Tommy" Manville Jr. (1894-1967), American socialite and heir to the Johns-Manville asbestos fortune
- C. B. Manville, American businessman and founder of Manville Covering Company in 1885 which later became known as Johns Manville, an American corporation based in Denver, Colorado
- James H. Manville, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Washington County 2nd District, 1886-87 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Zoe Manville (b. 1984), born Zoe Estressa, an English actress from Yorkshire, known for Rad Lands (2017) and Austin City Limits (1975)
- Lesley Ann Manville OBE (b. 1956), English Academy Award nominated actress from Brighton, East Sussex, known for her Another Year (2010), All or Nothing (2002), Topsy-Turvy (1999), Secrets & Lies (1996)
- George Manville Fenn (1831-1909), English author
- Manville S. Hodgson, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1875 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html