Meynell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Meynell arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Meynell family lived in Derbyshire. The name, however, refers to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Mesnil, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Meynell family

The surname Meynell was first found in Derbyshire during the reign of Henry II where "one of the most ancient possessions was Langley-Maynell, in that county, an estate which remained in the family till the end of the fourteenth century. A younger son at this period was seated at Yeaveley, his grandson at Willington." [1] Confirming this early origin, another source notes: "The manor took its name of Meynell from an ancient family who possessed it so early as the reign of Edward III. and from whom it passed, by successive female heirs." [2]

But in 1669, Isaac Meynell, citizen of London bought the manor back from William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle, only to have his only daughter and heiress convey the lands to the Cecils who again sold the lands back to another branch of the family of Meynell. By far the strongest branch of the family was found later in Staffordshire at Hore-Cross. [3]

The parish of Sowerby in the North Riding of Yorkshire was home to yet another branch of the family. "This place, at an early period, was the property of the Lascelles family, who in the reign of Elizabeth granted it to the Meynells, whose descendant Thomas Meynell, Esq., is now lord of the manor." [2]

Important Dates for the Meynell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meynell research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meynell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Meynell Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Meynell, Meynill, Meynil, Menel, Mannell, Maynell, Maynall and many more.

Early Notables of the Meynell family (pre 1700)

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Meynell migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Meynell or a variant listed above were:

Meynell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Christopher Meynell, who arrived in America in 1678
Meynell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Meynell, who settled in Philadelphia in 1758
Meynell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Meynell, aged 40, originally from Newcastle, England, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • Emma Meynell, aged 28, originally from London, England, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Liverpool, England [5]
  • Clyde Meynell, aged 45, originally from London, England, arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Liverpool, England [6]
  • Ethell Meynell, aged 41, originally from London, England, arrived in New York in 1914 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Liverpool, England [7]
  • Francis H.L. Meynell, aged 38, originally from Burton on Trent, England, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Liverpool, England [8]
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Meynell migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Meynell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Francis Lewis Meynell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • Miss Mary Elizabeth Meynell (Mannel), (b. 1862), aged Infant, English settler, from Yorkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [9]
  • Mrs. Diana Meynell (Mannel), (b. 1832), aged 30, English settler, from Yorkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [9]
  • Mr. Newrick Meynell (Mannel), (b. 1833), aged 29, English labourer, from Yorkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [9]
  • Mr. Robert Meynell (Mannel), (b. 1853), aged 9, English settler, from Yorkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Meynell (post 1700)

  • Viola Meynell (1885-1956), birth name of Mrs. Dallyn, an English writer, novelist and poet, daughter of Wilfrid Meynell and Alice Thompson Meynell
  • Rhys Meynell (b. 1988), English professional footballer who plays for Frickley Athletic
  • Hugo Anthony Meynell (b. 1936), English academic and author, born half a year after the death of his father, Captain Godfrey Meynell, member of the Royal Society of Canada in 1993
  • Hugo Meynell (1735-1808), English fox hunter, generally regarded as the father of modern fox hunting, became Master of Fox Hounds for the Quorn Hunt in Leicestershire in 1753
  • Alice Christiana Gertrude Thompson Meynell (1847-1922), née Thompson, an English writer, editor, critic, poet and suffragist, wife of Wilfrid Meynell
  • Godfrey Meynell VC, MC (1904-1935), English Army officer, posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross; his widow received the award during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in July 1936
  • Wilfrid Meynell (1852-1948), who sometimes wrote under the pseudonym John Oldcastle, a British Quaker newspaper publisher and editor, grandson of Samuel Tuke
  • Sir Francis Meredith Wilfrid Meynell (1891-1975), British poet and printer son of Wilfrid Meynell and Alice Meynell, founder of The Nonesuch Press
  • Sir John Meynell Alleyne (1889-1983), 4th Baronet of Four Hills, Barbados
  • Sir Hugo Meynell FitzHerbert (1872-1934), 6th Baronet of Tissington

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Citations

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXFW-53J : 6 December 2014), John Meynell, 29 Mar 1907; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Teutonic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXLP-T2P : 6 December 2014), Emma Meynell, 20 Dec 1907; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN1F-V3Y : 6 December 2014), Clyde Meynell, 28 Mar 1913; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJS9-Y6T : 6 December 2014), Ethell Meynell, 25 Sep 1914; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q5-8PR : 6 December 2014), Francis H.L. Meynell, 11 Mar 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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