The ancestors of the Menerd family first reached the shores of England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Their name is derived 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 Menerd family
The surname Menerd 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 Menerd family
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Menerd Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Maynard, Mainard and others.
Early Notables of the Menerd 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 Menerd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Menerd family to Ireland
Some of the Menerd family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Menerd family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Menerd 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 Menerd 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.