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(Click on picture to enlarge) Historical characters: clockwise from top left: Walter de Mayne, Sheriff of Kent 1570; Sarah Otway Mayne by Joshua Reynolds 1775; Lieut. William Mayne of the Bengal Cavalry 1842; Sir Richard Mayne (1796-1868) first Commissioner Metropolitan Police; Background: Lieut.  Blair Mayne DSO* of the SAS in 1942.

One-Name Study


About the Mayne One-Name Study

This MAYNE study has a long but undistinguished history! It was first undertaken in about 1980, but force of circumstances then meant that the progress made was very slow. Even after the registered owner joined the Guild in 1987 things failed to improve.

However in 2003, as a result of focussing primarily on the earliest records up to the end of the 19th century, a body of data was accumulated which, on analysis, allowed us to identify the principal families of the MAYNE name in Ireland, England and Scotland. It was decided to expand this material as a subsidiary study to produce an in-depth series of illustrated pedigrees of these enduring families. Their family lines were continued into the 20th century where linking information existed. As these pedigrees mainly covered the period when emigration to the New World was at its height and the material could be of use to, among others, those abroad whose family origins are in the British Isles, the results of this study were circulated widely on CD. John Colloff, the Guild librarian, generously accepted it as ‘a valued addition to the library’. We hope one day to see it included in a Guild Archive to improve access and as a starting point for a new registered owner of the name. The last one lost many of the paper records of the original MAYNE study in the course of two house moves!

This then is the e-material that is in the Guild library catalogue under MAYNE where its 17 separate sections can be accessed by members. A detailed list of the families who are treated in the course of the 436 pages of this study is in the first section of the library catalogue entry marked 1 Intro – MAYNE Name Study. This section also includes evidence of unconfirmed links that may exist between the family groups who are the subject of the study, and the names of the 20 collaborators from all over the world who helped compile it.

As an interim measure the material has been updated and archived as a collection of seven parts all on open view at http://www.scribd.com/my_document_collections/3524517 . See 'Links' below.


Main, Maine, Mains, Maynes, Mayney.

(The Irish name ‘McManus’ is the Anglicised form of the Gaelic name Mac Maghnuis which is a patronymic of ‘Magnus’. McManus therefore has the variant ‘Mayne(s)’, however ‘McManus’ was not included in this study.)

Origin of the surname

It is an Anglo-Norman name with alternative derivations:

Many of the Arms associated with the name Mayne have dexter (right) hands displayed on the shield, often on a bend, and sometimes a single hand is part of the crest – an example is shown here

Historical occurrences

Some of the historical events of which Maynes have been a part are described in the articles which are included in the Guild catalogue at the end of some family entries. The book ‘Soldiers, Saints and Scallywags’, which was written to accompany the Mayne study, also includes many descriptions of these events. It can be read in full here.


Families are listed according to the area from which they originated. That is, under 1.Ireland, 2.Buckinghamshire, 3.Kent, 4.Scotland, 5.Devonshire, 6.Yorkshire, with individual families identified by a subsidiary letter i.e. ‘1.C’ for the Erskine Mayne family of Ireland. The data for each family appears in the following order :-

DESCENDANT PEDIGREE with illustrated notes on individuals of the family.

INDEX of individuals in the pedigree.

SOURCES. List of the main research sources used.

ARTICLES about certain characters and the historical events in which they took part.

This data can be found in the library catalogue under MAYNE (requires registration unless you are a member of the Guild)

DNA project

We have a link to a MAIN/MAYNE worldwide DNA project, which has been running for ten years, at http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Main/ where you can sign up for a DNA test (males of the name only).


In March 2012 we updated our ONS data in the form of an archived collection of seven parts, which for the time being are all on open access. They can be read at http://www.scribd.com/my_document_collections/3524517 .

Contact details

For further information, contact:

Mr David S Gore
35 Chaucer Crescent,
RG14 1TP

This page last updated 9 February 2014.

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