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Early Origins of the Menville family

The surname Menville was first found in the counties of Durham and Northumberland.

"Milburn, a member of the Morpeth barony, was held of it by knight's service, by Robert de Meneville. In Durham, their manor house at Sledwish, near Wholton, and within a few fields of the Tees, was granted to them at an early date by the old Lords of Barnard's Castle; they also held Winston and one of them, Robert de Menevill, received from King John the hand of Agnes de Dyvelstoun (Dilston) a Northumbrian heiress. Another Robert, Sheriff of Durham in 1339, acquired the Lordship of Horden by purchase from Sir Thomas Holland in 1343." [1]

Early History of the Menville family

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Menville Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Menvile, Menville, Menvill and others.

Early Notables of the Menville family

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Migration of the Menville family

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Menville or a variant listed above:

Contemporary Notables of the name Menville (post 1700) +

  • John G. "Johnny" Menville, American college football player and physician, quarterback for the Tulane Green Wave football team from 1926 to 1928
  • Charles David "Chuck" Menville (1940-1992), American animator and writer for television, known for Batman: The Animated Series, Land of the Lost, The Real Ghostbusters, The Smurfs, and more
  • Scott David Menville (b. 1971), American actor, voice actor and musician, best known for his voice work in animated films and television series, son of Chuck Menville

  1. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3 on Facebook