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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (co. Essex). Az. three wolves pass. or.
2) (co. Warwick). Or, a fret az. (another, tinctures reversed).
3) (co. Wilts). Quarterly, vert and gu. a fesse wavy betw. three trefoils counterchanged.
4) Quarterly, vair and gu. Crest—Two dexter hands conjoined supporting a scymitar in pale all ppr.
5) Vaire ar. and gu.
6) Gyronny of eight gu. and ar. an escarbuncle sa.
7) Or, on a chief indented gu. three trefoils ar.
8) Vert three wolves pass, in pale or.
9) (Reg. Ulster’s Office). Or, two bars sa.
10) (Clonmel, co. Tipperary; confirmed, 1759, as the arms of Theobald Mandevile Esq., of Clonmel, whose dau. and heiress, Mary, m. Piers Butler, son of Edmund Butler, Esq., of Edmundsbury, Queen’s co., of the house of Galmoye). Quarterly, or and gu. an escarbuncle sa.
11) (Earl of Essex; Geoffrey de Mandeville was so created by special charter of King Stephen; his descendant, William de Mandeville, sixth Earl of Essex, d. s. p. 1227, when the earldom passed, through his sister, Maud, wife of Robert de Bohun, Earl of Hertford, to that family). (second Earl of Esrex, temp. King John). Quarterly, or and gu.
12) (fifth Earl of Essex). Quarterly, or and gu. a bordure vair.
13) (Earl of Essex). Per pale or and gu. the regalia sa.
14) (co. Dorset). Gu. three lions pass. in pale ar. over all a bendlet az.
15) (Nottley, co. Essex). (co. Bucks). Ar. on a chief indented gu. three martlets or.
16) Gu. an escarbuncle nowed and flowered or.
17) (granted to Very Rev. Charles Mandeville, D.D., Dean of Peterborough, 1722). Per saltire or and gu. an escarbuncle nowed and flowered sa. Crest—A mural crown ar. charged with an escarbuncle, as in the arms.
18) Or, three bars az.
19) Quarterly, or and az. four sinister wings displ. Counterchanged.
20) Az. fretty or, a fesse gu.
21) Gu. a lion ramp. ar.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Mandeville Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Mandeville Origin:


Origins of Mandeville:

This name, with different spellings Manneville, Manville, Manvell, and Manwell, is of French geographical origin either from Manneville (seine-inferieur), Manneville (Calvados), Manneville-sur- Risle (Eure), or Magneville (La Manche). The first three places called from the Germanic particular byname Manno mentioning a (firm) man, and the Old French "Ville," settlement, Dale and the last donated place so called from the Old French word "magne, ehich means great, and “ville," a Valley. One, Geoffrey de Mandeville, created Earl of Essex in 1141, came from Seine Inferieur, and the Mandevilles of Earl's Stoke and Devon hailed from Magneville (La Manche). One, William de Manevell listed in 1210, "Curia Regis Rolls of Berkshire" and a William de Manewell in the 1296 "Premium Rolls of Sussex." In February 1671, James Manvill and Grissild Sherior married in Kirdford, Sussex, and in April 1701, Thomas Manvell, a new-born, named in St. Dunstan's, Stepney, London.


More common variations are: Mandevill, Mandville, Manndeveille, Mandevlle, Mandevile, Mandiville, Mandaville, Mendeville, Mondeville, Mandevelle.


The surname Mandeville first found in Wiltshire where they anciently gave estates by William Duke of Normandy for their help at the invasion of Hastings in 1066 AD. Geoffrey de Mandeville (c.1100) was an outstanding Domesday tenant-in-chief. He donated large estates in Essex, and in ten other counties by William, and was Constable of the Tower of London. They were given no less than 118 Lordships after the invasion.

The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Goisfridus de Magna Uilla, dated about 1086, in the "Domesday Book of Essex." It was during the time of King William 1st who was known to be the “The Conqueror," dated 1066-1087. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.


Many of the people with name Mandeville had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Mandeville settled in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Mandeville who settled in the United States in the 17th century included Gillis Mandeville and Gillis Mandeville; both settled in New York in the same year 1659.

Some of the people with the surname Mandeville who settled in the United States in the 18th century included Mary Mandeville settled in Maryland in 1738 and Miss Mandeville settled in Barbados in the year 1774.

The following century saw more Mandeville surnames arrive. Some of the people with the name Mandeville who settled in the United States in the 19th century included Alexander Mandeville, who landed in Mississippi in the year 1844. James Mandeville arrived in Missouri in the year 1848.


Some of the people with the name Mandeville who settled in Canada in the 18th century included Mr. Richard Mandeville U.E. and Sgt. Richard Mandeville U.E., both settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario near the year 1784, they gave services in the Royal Rangers of New York.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Mandeville: United States 3,505; Canada 872; England 441; France 306; Belgium 163; Wales 45; Barbados 39; Scotland 39; Australia 26; Netherlands 22.

Notable People:

Geoffrey de Mandeville (11th century) (died c. 1100), was a Constable of the Tower of London.

William de Mandeville (died before 1130), was an Anglo-Norman landowner and Constable of the Tower of London.

Bernard Mandeville (1670–1733), was a Dutch-English scholar, political economist and humorist.

Chris Mandeville (born 1965), is an American football defensive back.

Fred Mandeville (born 1922), is a Canadian politician.

Gay Mandeville (born 1894), was a priest of Barbados.

John Mandeville (priest) (1655-1725), was an administrator of Peterborough, England.

Liz Mandeville was an American singer.

Mandeville Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Mandeville blazon are the wolf, fret, trefoil and escarbuncle. The three main tinctures (colors) are or, azure and gules .

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.1. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 2. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.3.

Azure is the heraldic colour blue, usually quite a deep, dark shade of the colour (there is a lighter blue that sometimes occurs, known as celestial azure). If colour printing is not available then it can be represented by closely spaced horizontal lines in a scheme known as “hatching” 4. The word is thought to originate from the Arabic lazura and it represents the colour of the eastern sky. It is also said to be the colour associated by the Catholic Church with the Virgin Mary and hence of particular significance 5.

Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”6. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 7. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).8

The wolf was the symbol of Rome long before the advent of heraldry, and before that was sacred to the ancient Egyptians. 9 In heraldry it is probably more often just as head than the whole animal, but when whole it can be in many different poses. 10 It is found from the earliest instances of arms, but quite often due to a derivative of its French name, loup sharing the initial sound of many family names like LOWE and LOVATT.

The fret is a striking charge, often occupying the whole of the field and being two instersecting diagonal lines interlaced with the outline of a square. 11 It is believed to be derived from the image of a fishing net, which it does indeed resemble, and hence Wade believes that it should signify persuasion, although other writers regard it separately as the “the heraldic true lovers knot” 12

Natural objects abound in heraldry, and one category that gives especial delight are the many flowers and flowering plants that frequently occur 13. The trefoil may originally been a representation of a specific plant (perhaps shamrock) but it has been used as a symbol almost since the beginning of heraldry and over time has adopted a stylised aspect. 14. Guillim believes that it signifies “perpetuity…the just man shall never wither”. 15

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Elfrieda Berthiaume Shukert commented on 11-Nov-2018
Wow! I've been working on my family's genealogical history. It was always said that my maternal grandmother's (Leonie Mandeville Berthiaume) ancestors came to England with William the Conqueror. On a trip to Hastings many years ago, I bought a reproduction of the Roll of Battle Abbey 1066 and saw the name Maundeville on it with his heraldry included in the border. My father and my aunt used to argue over whether we were French or English. We lived in Massachusetts, our predecessors having migrated from Quebec. We lived in a French-speaking area called Little Quebec in Spencer, 9 miles from Worcester in Middlesex County and my father had a French accent. French nuns were brought in from Quebec for our parish school and spoke French, the Mass at St. Mary's was in French and Latin. We lived on the south side of Main St. and the "Old Yankees" lived on the high north end of Main St. and we were told not to speak to those Protestants! Amazing, isn't it? That was in the 50s. I've since befriended a member of the First Congregational Church who remembers that as a child she and her classmates threw stones across the street at us French Catholic kids. I'm a writer and it's all fodder for a novel I'm working on set in 1860s New England. Anyway, the clincher is that I sent my DNA to Ancestry.com and a whopping 50% of my DNA (all my father's side) is British (with migration to St. Lawrence River Valley)! I can hear my father protesting in his grave and his sister in hers saying, "I told you so." I believe it's correct and have other reasons to accept this result as my Phaneuf relatives turned out to really have the name Farnsworth, but the original boy, Matthias, taken from Groton, Mass. to Canada in 1704 (?) during the French and Indian war pronounced his name to be Phaneuf, or Fanef (to French ears). His older brother was redeemed later, but my ancestor had married a French girl and stayed in Canada, and had about 12 children and so on. And then there was my great grandmother Philomene Hamelin Mandeville with her red hair and crystal blue eyes who came from Brittany.... I embrace all of my heritage and believe we are all a mixture of each other no matter how many distinctions we try to make. My focus has always been problems of American Identity (first book: War Brides of WWII--GIs who married one million foreign women and the effect it had on our laws and culture--my mother being one of them, from Austria). Thanks so much for the information provided above on the Mandevilles. One more thing, I'm a Shakespeare scholar (the Histories) and his works are so emblematic of the benefits that intertwined cultures enjoy. God Bless America! Vive la France! Long Live the Queen!
Malcolm Robertson commented on 11-Aug-2016
I'm a volunteer at Canterbury Cathedral and have long been puzzled by some of the 13th century roundels, set in Italian marble, on the floor of the Trinity Chapel, adjacent to the location of where Thomas Becket's tomb was situated before it was removed on the orders of Henry VIII in 1538. The roundels still remain. I have found a website that goes in great detail regarding the roundels (http://www.paradoxplace.com/Photo%20Pages/UK/Britain_South_and_West/Canterbury_Cathedral/Canterbury_Roundels/Roundels.htm) which records one of them as "Arms of Mandeville". The illustration of this roundel is small and, bearing in mind it was laid by 1220 does show signs of wear. The image has the appearance of some sort of tree but I can't be sure. If you have any knowledge of this I would be delighted to hear from you. Thank you, Malcolm Robertson


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  • 2 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
  • 3 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 4 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
  • 5 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P150
  • 6 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 7 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52
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  • 9 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P31
  • 10 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Wolf
  • 11 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Fret
  • 12 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P118
  • 13 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P262
  • 14 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Trefoil
  • 15 A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P109