The surname of MANCIE was a locational name 'of Le Mans' in France. The name was brought to England with the Norman Conqueror in the year 1066. Local names usually denoted where a man held land, and indicated where he actually lived. The earliest of the name on record appears to be the Domesday tenant-in-chief MANASSES, who was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. In 1066 Duke William of Normandy conquered England. He was crowned King, and most of the lands of the English nobility were soon granted to his followers. Domesday Book was compiled 20 years later. The Saxon Chronicle records that in 1085 'at Gloucester at midwinter, the King had deep speech with his counsellors, and sent men all over England to each shire to find out, what or how much each landowner held in land and livestock, and what it was worth. The returns were brought to him'. William was thorough. One of his Counsellors reports that he also sent a second set of Commissioners 'to shires they did not know and where they were themselves unknown, to check their predecessors' survey, and report culprits to the King'. The information was collected at Winchester, corrected, abridged, and copied by one single writer into a single volume. Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex were copied, by several writers into a second volume. The whole undertaking was completed at speed, in less than 12 months.
Early records of the name mention Manasserus de Danmartin who appears in Suffolk in the year 1166, and Manserus filius Joia was documented in London in the year 1186. Thomas le Mansey was recorded in 1273 in County Buckinghamshire. Johanes Mansey of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Henricus Maunsely, 1400 Yorkshire. The name is also spelt Mansey and Mansley. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.
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