Maunder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maunder research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1642, 1662, 1455, 1487, 1704, 1700, 1702, 1687, 1704, 1720, 1764, 1172, 1794 and 1807 are included under the topic Early Maunder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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Ireland Migration of the Maunder family to Ireland

Some of the Maunder family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Maunder migration to the United States +

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 [1]
Maunder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Miss Grace Maunder, (b. 1864), aged 23, Cornish settler departing from Liverpool aboard the ship "Aurania" arriving in Iowa, USA on 8 March 1887 [2]
  • Mr.Thomas Henry Maunder, (b. 1875), aged 23, Cornish miner, from Calstock, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Teutonic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 24th August 1898 en route to Butte, Montana, USA [3]
  • Mr.Alfred Maunder, (b. 1880), aged 19, English miner travelling aboard the ship "Servia" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 6th October 1899 en route to Hancock, Michigan, USA [3]
Maunder Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr.Daniel Maunder, (b. 1885), aged 19, Cornish miner, from Liskeard, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 27th January 1904 en route to Colorado, USA [3]
  • Mr.John Maunder, (b. 1867), aged 38, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "Philadelphia" arriving at Ellis Island, New York in 1905 en route to Russell, Colorado, USA [3]
  • Mr.John Maunder, (b. 1867), aged 38, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "Philadelphia" arriving at Ellis Island, New York in 1905 en route to Russell, Colorado, USA [3]
  • Mr.William Maunder, (b. 1885), aged 20, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 9th May 1905 en route to Lewistown, Pennsylvania, USA [3]
  • Mr.William Maunder, (b. 1885), aged 20, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York in 1905 en route to Lewistown, Pennsylvania, USA [3]

Australia Maunder migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [4]
  • Mr. Samuel Maunder, British convict who was convicted in Hertfordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 1st October 1829, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. William Maunder, English convict who was convicted in Devon, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Earl Grey" on 4th October 1842, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [6]

New Zealand Maunder migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Maunder (post 1700) +

  • Wayne E. Maunder (1937-2018), Canadian-born American actor from Four Falls, New Brunswick
  • 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.


  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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 10th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bussorah-merchant
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-gray


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