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Mantooth Coat of Arms / Mantooth Family Crest

Mantooth Coat of Arms / Mantooth Family Crest

This Scottish and Irish surname of MANTOOTH was derived from the Gaelic MANNTACH (stammering) and in Ireland the name means 'toothless'. The name is also spelt MANTOTH, MANTACH and MAUNTOOTH. The first people in Scotland to acquire fixed surnames were the nobles and great landowners, who called themselves, or were called by others, after the lands they possessed. Surnames originating in this way are known as territorial. Formerly lords of baronies and regalities and farmers were inclined to magnify their importance and to sign letters and documents with the names of their baronies and farms instead of their Christian names and surnames. The abuse of this style of speech and writing was carried so far that an Act was passed in the Scots parliament in 1672 forbidding the practice and declaring that it was allowed only to noblemen and bishops to subscribe by their titles. Early records of the name mention Gilcrist MANTAUCH who was a native of the Abbey of Dunfermline, and was recorded in the year 1300. Thomas MANTACH was one of the men on an inquest on the lands of Ledyntosnach in 1398, and was also on an inquest regarding the lands of Glak in 1418. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th Century. The employment in the use of a second name was a custom that was first introduced from the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time, a mark of gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for gentlemen to have but one single name, as the meaner sort had. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. Later instances of the name mention John MANTACHE who was recorded in 1629, and Iain Lom, a Gaelic Bard was sometimes known as Iain MANNTACH because he had an impediment in his speech.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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