The English, Scottish and Irish surname Maynes is a regional name for someone from the French province of Maine. In Scotland the name may have originated from the Menzies clan as Meinn is the local Gaelic form of Menzies. Mary Maynes was christened on August 1st 1570, at St. Andrew's, Holborn, London, and Augustyn Mayne was christened on October 28th 1580, at St. Michael, Bassishaw, London. An interesting namebearer was John Mayne (1759 -1836), a Scottish poet, printer and subsequently a proprietor and joint editor of the "Star". He wrote poems for magazines and was praised by Scott and Burns. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Mains, which was dated 1204, witness in the "Assize Rolls of Yorkshire." In Ireland the name is chiefly found in counties Armagh and Cavan.
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