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Mainprize Families of North America

Updated August 7, 2004

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The family name Mainprize, is a Norman word related to the bail-bond placed on criminals. It is an archaic word that still has implications in legal terminology. Thus, we can expect that the original Mainprizes were either the bailiffs or bounty-hunters, or they were the outlaws with a price on their heads. Variations of the name include Mainprice and and more corrupted forms like Mempriss.

I am descended from William Mainprize (abt. 1806), married to Elizabeth Lockey. William may have had a brother named George. I believe that William came to Canada in the 1800s and his descendents have spread across North America.

Another branch of the Mainprize family consists of two brothers John and William (married Ann Tindall) who also arrived in Canada in the 1800s. They may be cousins of William and George.

 
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