The surname of MEINERT has the associated arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in England. The name is of German orgin, a baptismal name 'the son of Meinel' a pet form of Meinhardht. The name meant 'one of might, a brave man' and was composed of the elements MAGIN (strength) and HARD (hardy, brave and strong). The name has numerous variant spellings which include MAINERD, MEYNARD, MENARD, MESNARD, MEINHARDT, MEINER and MEHNERT, to name but a few. Early records of the name in England mention Maynard de Abyngdon, vicar of Dersingham, County Norfolk in 1273. Hugh Maynard of the County of Oxfordshire was documented in 1273. Henricus Manerd of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Mathewe Staples and Alice Maynard were married at St. Thomas the Apostle, London in 1609. James White and Catherine Mainard were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1647. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France. An English family called MAYNARD, trace their descent from Sir Richard MAYNARDE of Kirklevington, Yorkshire, who fought at Agincourt in 1415.
In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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