Last name origins & meanings:
- French: from Old French du mesnil ‘from the house’ (from
Late Latin mansionile, a diminutive of mansio ‘house’,
‘dwelling’), hence a topographic name denoting someone who lived in an
isolated dwelling, or a habitational name for someone from one of the
minor places named Le Ménil or Le Mesnil.
- A family of this name from Normandy, France, is recorded in Quebec
city in 1668.
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