More about the surname Mazengarb

The name probably has a local origin, being derived from the place-name 'Mazingarbe' in the Calais region of France.


Mazingarbe Old Photograph

An early 20th century postcard of Mazingarbe, northern France.


The Mazengarb family were Huguenots, French protestants who were persecuted in France during the 16th century. In 1598 Henry IV of France (himself formerly a Huguenot) granted them toleration under the Edict of Nantes. Louis XIV revoked the edict in 1685, attempting their forcible conversion, and 400,000 emigrated, about 40,000 to Britain.

There was a settlement of Mazengarbs in the Ely area of Cambridgeshire and a settlement in the Wigborough area in Essex.

The family are known to have lived in Copt Hall, Little Wigborough which in 1691 was leased to Isaac Massingarb, yeoman at £140 per annum. They appear to have been wealthy patrons of the adjacent church as Mazengarb memorials can still be seen inside and outside of the church.


St Nicholas Church, Little Wigborough
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough
The Church of St Nicholas, Little Wigborough. Copt Hall can be seen behind the church.
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, a former home of the Mazengarb family.


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