The Mawnders 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 Mawnders family
The surname Mawnders 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 Mawnders family
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Mawnders Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Mawnders include Mander, Manders, Maunders, Maunder and others.
Early Notables of the Mawnders family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mawnders family to Ireland
Some of the Mawnders family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Mawnders family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Wells Mander, who came to Virginia in 1651; Richard Mander, who settled in New York in 1758; William Mander, who arrived in America in 1768; Thomas Manders, who arrived in Maryland in 1775.
The Mawnders 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.