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Manford Coat of Arms / Manford Family Crest

Manford Coat of Arms / Manford Family Crest

The associated arms for this name are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes' General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. This surname of MANFORD was of the locational group of surnames meaning from residence by the river of the name MANIFOLD in County Derbyshire. The name was originally rendered in the Old English form of MANIG and the earliest of the name on record appears to be MANIFOLD (without surname) who was documented in Derby in the year 1185. Most of the place-names that yield surnames are usually of small communities, villages, hamlets, some so insignificant that they are now lost to the map. A place-name, it is reasonable to suppose, was a useful surname only when a man moved from his place of origin to elsewhere, and his new neighbours bestowed it, or he himself adopted it. Later instances of the name include Robert MANIFOLD of County Cheshire, who was listed in the Wills at Chester in 1595, and Thomas MANIFOLD of Great Aldersey, Cheshire, was recorded in the same Wills in the year 1618. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings. The name is also spelt MANFOLD, MANIFOLD, MOUNFORD, MONFORD and MONDEFORD.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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