Many History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Many family

The surname Many was first found in Masny in Hainaut, France where Walter De Manny, 1st Baron Manny, KG (1310–1372), voyaged to England as a soldier of fortune and esquire of Queen Philippa in 1327. He settled in the London area founding Charterhouse and took part in the Scottish wars of King Edward III, eventually rising to be in command of the English fleet. He was later captured and thrown into prison at Saint-Jean-d'Angély but was able to escape. Upon his eventual return to England, he founded Charterhouse in London in 1349. His daughter Anne Hastings, Countess of Pembroke and 2nd Baroness Manny (1355–1384) succeeded him in 1375 and shortly before her death, she was invested as a Lady of the Garter.

Important Dates for the Many family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Many research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1357, 1362, 1389, 1372, 1389, 1641, 1706, 1st , 1608, 1676 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Many History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Many Spelling Variations

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 Mayney, Maney, Many, Mainey, Mainy, Manie, Maynie, Mainie, Mainy, Meny, Meyney, Meney and many more.

Early Notables of the Many family (pre 1700)

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Many migration to the United States

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 Many name or one of its variants:

Many Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andrew Many, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [1]
  • George Many, who landed in Virginia in 1665-1666 [1]
  • Jean Many, who arrived in New York, NY in 1698 [1]
Many Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jost Many, aged 19, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • Hans Adam Many, aged 16, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • Jacob Many, aged 24, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • Martin Many, who arrived in Virginia in 1769-1770 [1]
Many Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • V Many, aged 35, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1831 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Many (post 1700)

  • M. Hepburn Many, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 1953-57 [2]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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