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The Mondale surname is one of the names that came to Britain with the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name was de Magneville or de Maneville and derives from a place in Normandy. 1

Early Origins of the Mondale family

The surname Mondale was first found in Wigtownshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway where they were granted lands by King David of Scotland. They were perhaps related to Geoffrey de Mandeville (d. c. 1100), an important Domesday tenant-in-chief, who was granted large estates in Essex, and in ten other shires by William, and was Constable of the Tower of London. His descendent Geoffrey de Mandeville (d. 1144,) was created the 1st Earl of Essex.

"Sir Henry de Mundeville rendered homage in 1296 [to King Edward I of England], and as Sir Henry de Mundewyl was juror on an inquest on the lands of Lady la Zuche in Wigtownshire in the same year. Roger de Mandeville was a competitor for the crown of Scotland in 1291. Henry de Mundeville made a gift of three acres of his territory of Glengelt to the Abbey of Dryburgh, and in 1297 was invited by Edward I to go on an expedition to Flanders. Robert Mundell was tenant in the barony of Mousewall, 1673, and James Mundell was examined for the Test in 1685. Mundells are still numerous in Dumfriesshire." 1

Early History of the Mondale family

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Mondale Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Mundell, Mondale, Mondell and others.

Early Notables of the Mondale family

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Migration of the Mondale family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Mondale name or one of its variants: Jonathon Mondell, who settled in Virginia in 1716; William Mondindale settled in Maryland in 1774; David, Elizabeth, Isabella, Jane, John, Margaret, Mary, Samuel, William Mundell all arrived in Baltimore in 1803..

Contemporary Notables of the name Mondale (post 1700) +

  • Joan Mondale (1930-2014), Second Lady of the United States from 1977 until 1981, an artist and author and served on the boards of several organizations
  • Walter Frederick Mondale (1928-2021), American Democratic Party politician, Vice President of the United States, 1977-81; Defeated, 1980; Candidate for President of the United States, 1984; U.S. Ambassador to Japan, 1993; 42nd Vice President of the United States (1977-1981) 2
  • Eleanor Mondale Poling (1960-2011), American television and radio personality

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from on Facebook