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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.


The surname Maynard was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maynard research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1589, 1640, 1635, 1640, 1640, 1640, 1623, 1699, 1642, 1718, 1663, 1679, 1641, 1685, 1685, 1577, 1614, 1611, 1602, 1690, 1638, 1662, 1660, 1690, 1775, 1763 and 1769 are included under the topic Early Maynard History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 237 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maynard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Maynard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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
  • Charles Maynard, who arrived in Maryland in 1650
  • Tobias Maynard, who landed in Virginia in 1656
  • Kingsmill Maynard settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Peter Maynard, who arrived in Virginia in 1665

Maynard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Frederick Maynard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1759

Maynard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Maynard, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1820
  • Gabriel Maynard, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826
  • Thomas Maynard, aged 29, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1847
  • William Maynard, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1849
  • Isabella Maynard, aged 23, landed in New York in 1849

Maynard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jacques Maynard, aged 45, arrived in Canada in 1642

Maynard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Maynard arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lalla Rookh" in 1840

Maynard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Maynard, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • F. Maynard arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • Emily Maynard, aged 32, a nurse, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876


  • Brigadier-General John Blackwell Maynard (1887-1945), American Commandant of Anti-Aircraft Replacement Training Center Fort Eustis (1943-1944)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mr. Thomas Francis Maynard (1899-1941), Australian Paymaster Commander (S) from Lethbridge, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Owen Eugene Maynard (1924-2000), Canadian engineer who contributed to the Canadian CF-105 Avro Arrow jet interceptor, and NASA's Apollo Lunar Module (LM), two-time recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal



  • 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.

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.


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The Maynard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Maynard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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