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The earliest known forbear of the surname is Robert de Manieres, a Norman from Mesnieres, near Rouen, Normandy. His name appeared in the "Roll of Battle Abbey," an honor roll of all those who fought at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 AD. He was first granted land in Kent and Surrey under Odo, Bishop of Bayeux. One branch of the family remained in England to eventually become the Dukes of Rutland with the surname of Manners, the Normanized Saxon way of pronouncing this name. However, with growing dissatisfaction under the Conqueror's rule, one branch of the family (it is not certain whether this was the most senior branch) moved north, probably with Margaret, King Malcolm Ceanmore's second wife, where they were granted lands in Lothian. They moved from the Lowlands into the Highlands in about 1090. They settled in the Lands of Culdares in Glenylon.

Menzies Early Origins



The surname Menzies was first found in Midlothian, where it is quite understandable that the native Gaelic had difficulty with this Norman surname, and it can be found in various forms, among them: Mengues, Mingies and Meyners. The reason for these variations is the attempt to pronounce the "y" in Menyers (another variation of the original) in the Gaelic results in a cross between the sound of a "y" and that of a "g". Within a century the Clan were truly Gaelicized, although for Court purposes the first Chief retained the name of Sir Robert de Meyners.

Sir Robert had risen in court circles, under King Alexander II to the position of Chamberlain of Scotland in 1249. The earliest surviving charter of this Clan is held by the Moncreiffes. In the Charter we find a grant of Lands of Culdares (now spelt Culdair) "as freely, quietly, fully and honorably as any Baron within the Kingdom of Scotland is able to give such land." The witnesses to this deed, which established a barony within the Earldom of Atholl, were David de Meyneris and also Alexander de Meyneris. Sir Robert was also granted lands in Rannoch that had belonged to King Alexander's own family. One cannot then help but conjecture that he had, in fact, married one of the King's daughters (that his sons took the Royal name of David, and Alexander may be evidence to this), but, however, this is not recorded. Sir Alexander, Sir Robert's son, was granted Aberfeldybeg in Strath Tay and the property of Weem. The reason for these grants is again not recorded, but we may draw the same conclusion.


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Menzies Spelling Variations


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Menzies Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Menzies, Menigees, Mennes, Mengzes, Menzeys, Minges, Méinn (Gaelic) and many more.

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Menzies Early History


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Menzies Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Menzies research. Another 499 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1487, 1329, 1423, 1510, 1571, 1587, 1599 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Menzies History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Menzies Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Menzies Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Menzies Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Menzies In Ireland


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Menzies In Ireland



Some of the Menzies family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Menzies Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Archibald and Robert Menzies settled in Virginia in 1716
  • Archibald Menzies, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Robert Menzies, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Elizabeth Menzies, who landed in North Carolina in 1739
  • Adam Menzies, who arrived in Virginia in 1750-1751
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Menzies Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Menzies, aged 32, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • James Menzies, aged 19, landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Joseph Menzies, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875
  • David M Menzies, who arrived in California in 1875

Menzies Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ensign. Alex Menzies U.E. born in New York, USA who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the Loyalist Corps [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Alex Menzies U.E. born in New York, USA who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. G. L. Menzies U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Menzies U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was a Merchant by trade [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Major. Sarah Menzies U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in DeLancey's 3rd Battalion [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Menzies Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Menzies, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "William Money"
  • James Menzies, aged 22, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849

Menzies Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Rachel Menzies, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • John M. Menzies, aged 17, a carpenter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1878
  • E. Menzies arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
  • Helen Menzies, aged 29, a dressmaker, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • John Menzies arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Menzies (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Menzies (post 1700)



  • William Cameron Menzies (1896-1957), Academy Award-winning American film director
  • John K. Menzies (b. 1948), former United States Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Henry Menzies (1867-1938), Canadian-born, Scottish rugby player
  • Archibald Menzies (1754-1842), Scottish surgeon and naturalist
  • Alex "Big Ming" Menzies, Scottish professional footballer
  • George Menzies (1930-2016), New Zealand rugby league player and coach for the New Zealand National Team (1974-1975)
  • Tobias Menzies (b. 1974), English actor
  • Major General Sir Stewart Menzies KCB, KCMG, DSO, MC (1939-1952), Head of British Secret Intelligence Service 1939 to 1952
  • Heather Menzies (b. 1949), Canadian actress, married name of Heather Urich, best known for her role as Louisa Von Trapp in The Sound Of Music
  • Steve Menzies (b. 1973), Australian rugby league player
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Menzies Historic Events


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Menzies Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. William Menzies (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Isabella Menzies, American 2nd Class passenger from Yakima, Washington, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Motto


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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: Vil God I zal
Motto Translation: Will God I shall.


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Menzies Clan Badge


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Menzies Clan Badge




Menzies Clan Badge
Menzies Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Menzies
MacMenzies, MacMin, MacMinn, MacMonies, Manzie, McMeans, McMeekin, Meachin, Meachins, Meagan, Meagand, Meagane, Meagant, Meagen, Meagend, Meagent, Meaghan, Meaghand, Meaghane, Meaghant, Meaghen, Meaghend, Meaghent, Meaghind, Meaghint, Meaghyn, Meaghynd, Meagind, Meagint, Meagyn, Meagynd, Meaham, Meahan, Meakin, Meakins, Meaman, Mean, Meand, Meane, Meanies, Means, Meant, Meegan, Meegand, Meegane, Meegant, Meegen, Meegend, Meegent, Meeghan and more.

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  3. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  4. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Menzies Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Menzies Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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