The surname of MANNELL is a Cornish surname, a variant of the name Manwell. Cornish naming practices are unfortunately poorly documented for the Middle Ages, but present day Cornish surnames, somewhat surprisingly, do not follow the predominantly patronymic pattern of the other Celtic languages, including Welsh. This may be attributed to the greater influence of the English bureaucracy and English naming practices in Cornwall than in Wales at the time when surnames came into use. The majority of Cornish names are habitation names and others are derived from medieval given names. The name was originally a locational name 'of Mandeville' the name of two places so called, in Normandy, France. The name was brought to England with the Norman Conqueror in 1066 and is documented in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Goisfrid de Mandeville, a chief tenant in many counties in England.
Early records of the name also mention Nigel de Manderville, 1273 County Berkshire. Ricardus Maunfil, of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll tax of 1379. George Mandevell married Elizabeth Clinch at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1667. A locational name usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The original bearer would take his name from the village, town or the area where he dwelt. This name would identify his whole family, and would follow them wherever they moved. Following the Crusades in Europe a need was felt for a family name. This was recognized by those of noble blood, who realised the prestige and practical advantage that it would add to their status. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in Jersey.
Other records of the name mention Ralph Manel, 1679, County Huntingdonshire and William Manneld was documented in Yorkshire in the year of 1746.
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