The Maunder surname is thought to derive from "maund," meaning "beg," probably from the Old French "mendier;" in which case, it may have evolved from a nickname
for a beggar. Alternatively it may have been an occupational
name for a maker of baskets, from Middle English word "maund," meaning "basket."
Early Origins of the Maunder family
The surname Maunder was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1524 when Thomas Mander held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Maunder family
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Maunder Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Maunder are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Maunder include: Mander, Manders, Maunders, Maunder and others.
Early Notables of the Maunder family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Maunder family to Ireland
Some of the Maunder family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Maunder family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Maunder or a variant listed above:
Maunder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Hen Maunder, who landed in Virginia in 1664 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)
Maunder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Maunder, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
Maunder Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Maunder a farmer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
- Elizabeth Maunder, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
- Jane E. Maunder, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
- Nicholas T. Maunder, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
- Mary Maunder, aged 17, a housemaid, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
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Contemporary Notables of the name Maunder (post 1700)
- Wayne E. Maunder (b. 1938), Canadian-born, American retired actor
- Samuel Maunder (1790-1849), English writer and composer
- John Henry Maunder (1858-1920), English composer
- Edward Walter Maunder (1851-1928), English astronomer
- Maria Maunder (b. 1972), Canadian silver medalist rower from Newfoundland
- Alexander Elsdon Maunder (1861-1932), British sport shooter, who competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics
- Paul Maunder (b. 1945), New Zealand film director, playwright and "cultural activist"
The Maunder Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Pro Omnibus Laus Deo
Motto Translation: Praise God for all things.