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Where did the English Menard family come from? When did the Menard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Menard family history?

Menard is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Menard is a name that 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.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Maynard, Mainard and others.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Menard 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 Menard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Menard 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.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Menard or a variant listed above were:

  • Simon Menard, who, at the age of 25, arrived in Louisiana
  • Jean Menard, who settled in New Orleans, at the age of 24

Menard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jean Menard, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724
  • Simon Menard, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724
  • Jean Menard, who settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Louis Menard, aged 35, arrived in Louisiana in 1720
  • Rene Menard, who settled in Louisiana between 1725 and 1727


Menard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • M. Menard, who arrived in New Orleans in 1821 at the age of 28
  • M. Menard, who settled with his son in New Orleans, in 1823
  • Michel B Menard, aged 25, landed in Texas in 1829

Menard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • M. Menard, who arrived in Montreal in 1660

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  • John R. Menard Jr. (b. 1940), American entrepreneur
  • Paul Menard (b. 1980), American NASCAR driver
  • Jean-François Xavier de Ménard, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Philippe Romain Ménard, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Brigadier General Dollard Ménard (1913-1997), Canadian general
  • Marc Menard (b. 1975), Canadian actor
  • Claude Ménard (1906-1980), French athlete
  • Hillary Gilbert "Minnie" Menard (b. 1934), retired Canadian professional ice hockey left winger
  • Léon Ménard (1706-1767), French lawyer and historical writer
  • Andrea Menard (b. 1971), Canadian actress, playwright, and jazz singer

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  • Ancestors of Exzelia Elizabeth Boudreau and Branch Lines of the Boudreau, Senezague, Senet, and Menard Ancestors by Betty Lou Madden.
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  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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