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Maney Coat of Arms / Maney Family Crest

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This surname of MANEY has the associated coat of arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Registered at Linton, County Kent. The name was originally derived from the Old English word MANU, and it was an occupational name for the keeper of the stables. The earliest of the name on record appears to be MONEIA (without surname) who was listed in the year 1177 in County Cambridge. MANEIA (without surname) was documented in 1178, County Suffolk, and Edwin MANEY appears in 1367 in Cambridge. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but most of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name. The name was taken to Scotland at an early date and the mill of Cowpar Grange, Scotland, was leased to a William MANNY in 1447. John Many had a lease of a croft called Croft Ellone in 1549. Several individuals of the name are mentioned in the barony of Skene in 1627. The name is also spelt MANNIE and MANNY. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.

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