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Early Origins of the Manyford family

The surname Manyford was first found in Cheshire where the family name was first referenced in the 13th century. Literally the name means "many folds," from the Anglo-Saxon words "maning" +"folds."

In Yorkshire, early records there show Roger de Manfeld listed in the Feet of Fines for 1303; and Robert Manfeld in 1413-1414. [1]

Early History of the Manyford family

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Manyford Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Manyford have been found, including Manfold, Manifold, Manyfold, Manefold, Manifolt and others.

Early Notables of the Manyford family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Manyford family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Manyford, or a variant listed above: John Manifold, who settled in Boston in 1635; William Manifold, who settled in Virginia in 1635;Joseph Manifold, who arrived in Maryland in 1771; and Joseph Manyfold, who arrived in Maryland in 1773..

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook