The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought the Meneard family name to the British Isles. Meneard comes from the Germanic personal name Mainard,
which is composed of the elements magin,
which means strength,
which means hardy, brave
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 Meneard family
The surname Meneard 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Meneard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meneard research.Another 98 words (7 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 Meneard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Meneard Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Maynard, Mainard and others.
Early Notables of the Meneard 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... Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meneard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Meneard family to Ireland
Some of the Meneard family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Meneard family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Meneard or a variant listed above: Kingsmill Maynard settled in Virginia in 1663; James Maynard was banished from the west of England
to Barbados in 1685; Nicholas Maynard settled with his wife and five children and servants in Barbados in 1680.
The Meneard 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.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.