Mennearde is one of the many names that the Normans
brought with them when they conquered England
in 1066. The name Mennearde came 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 Mennearde family
The surname Mennearde 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 Mennearde family
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Mennearde Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Mennearde are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Mennearde include Maynard, Mainard and others.
Early Notables of the Mennearde 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 Mennearde Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mennearde family to Ireland
Some of the Mennearde family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Mennearde family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Mennearde, 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 Mennearde 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.