Origin of the Name Munley
The origin of the name Munley
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Munley
include Munnelly, Manley, Mandley, Manly, Mandly, Monnelly and Monley. This is a locality name meaning 'of Manley', from a town found in the parish of Frodsham, County Chester. This name is often of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are a Nicholas Manley, of Poulton, who was recorded in the 'Wills at Chester', England , in the year 1595. An Ann Manley, of Chester, was also recorded in this ancient document in the year 1618.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland the name Munley is derived from the native Gaelic O'Maonghaile sept who were located in County Mayo in the West of the country. The variant names O'Monillea and O'Monylla appear in sixteenth century records.
The Munley coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Munley descendants.