Maynard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Maynard is an ancient name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of emigration that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name comes from the Germanic personal name Mainard, which is composed of the elements magin, which means strength, and hard, which means hardy, brave or strong. This personal name was popular among the Normans and it was brought to England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats. The Normans imported a vast number of Norman French personal names, which largely replaced traditional Old English personal names among the upper and middle classes.

Early Origins of the Maynard family

The surname Maynard was first found in Suffolk at Hoxne, a parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Hoxne. "Hoxne Hall, for many generations the residence of the Maynard family. In the north aisle [of the church] is a monument, with a group of figures finely sculptured in marble, to the memory of Sir Thomas Maynard, erected in 1742, by Christopher Stanley, Esq. A school, now in union with the National Society, was founded and endowed by Lord Maynard." [1]

Early History of the Maynard family

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Maynard Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Maynard, Mainard and others.

Early Notables of the Maynard family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Maynard, 1st Baron Maynard (c.1589-1640), an English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Essex (1635-1640), Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire (1640) and Custos Rotulorum of Essex in 1640; William Maynard, 2nd Baron Maynard (1623-1699); Banastre Maynard, 3rd Baron Maynard (c 1642-1718), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Essex (1663-1679); Sir William Maynard, 1st Baronet (1641-1685), an English...
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Ireland Migration of the Maynard family to Ireland

Some of the Maynard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Maynard migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Maynard or a variant listed above:

Maynard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Maynard, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1634 [2]
  • Charles Maynard, who arrived in Maryland in 1650 [2]
  • Tobias Maynard, who landed in Virginia in 1656 [2]
  • Kingsmill Maynard, who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Peter Maynard, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Maynard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Frederick Maynard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1759 [2]
Maynard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Maynard, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1820 [2]
  • Gabriel Maynard, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826 [2]
  • Thomas Maynard, aged 29, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1847 [2]
  • William Maynard, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1849 [2]
  • Isabella Maynard, aged 23, who landed in New York in 1849 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Maynard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maynard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jacques Maynard, aged 45, who arrived in Canada in 1642

Australia Maynard migration to Australia +

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

Maynard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Maynard, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lalla Rookh" in 1840 [3]

New Zealand Maynard 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:

Maynard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Maynard, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Mr. T. Maynard, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th March 1858 [4]
  • Mr. W. Maynard, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th March 1858 [4]
  • Mrs. Maynard, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th March 1858 [4]
  • F. Maynard, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
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Contemporary Notables of the name Maynard (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General John Blackwell Maynard (1887-1945), American Commandant of Anti-Aircraft Replacement Training Center Fort Eustis (1943-1944) [5]
  • David Swinson Maynard (1808-1873), American pioneer, one of Seattle's founding fathers
  • Robert Clyve Maynard (1937-1993), American journalist, newspaper publisher, and editor
  • Ken Maynard (1895-1973), American motion picture stuntman and actor
  • Horace Maynard (1814-1882), American educator, attorney, politician and diplomat
  • Bradley Gray Maynard (b. 1979), American amateur wrestler and mixed martial artist
  • Edward Maynard (1813-1891), American firearms inventor, most famous for his breechloading rifle design
  • Miss Michelle Ann Maynard R.V.M., British Groom for The Duke of Edinburgh's Driving Team, was appointed the Royal Victorian Medal Silver on 8th June 2018 [6]
  • Mr. Matthew Peter Maynard M.B.E. (b. 1966), born in Oldham, Lancashire, British former cricketer, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to charity and to Sport [6]
  • Alan Keith Maynard (1944-2018), British health economist from Bebington, Merseyside, recipient of the 2015 William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research
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Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mrs. Olive Mytle Maynard (1925-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Thames, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [7]
  • Mr. William George Thames Maynard (1921-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Thames, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [7]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Thomas Francis Maynard (1899-1941), Australian Paymaster Commander (S) from Lethbridge, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [8]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Isaac Hiram Maynard, aged 31, English Entre Cook from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in collapsible B [9]


The Maynard 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: Manus justa nardus
Motto Translation: A just hand is a precious ointment.


Suggested Readings for the name Maynard +

  • 866 A Genealogy of Jacob S. Maurer (Also Maynard Family) and Wife Elisabeth Rickli by William Benz Maynard, The Maynards of East Kentucky by Roland B. Maynard.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LALA ROOKH 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840LallaRookh.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) John Maynard. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Maynard/John_Blackwell/USA.html
  6. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  7. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  8. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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