Gaelic Name: Mèinnearach
Crest: A savage head erased Proper
Motto: Vil God I Zal (With God I shall)
Badge: Menzies’ heath
Lands: Atholl, Weem, Aberfeldy, and Glendochart
Origin of Name: Norman, de Meyners
Mesnieres in Normandy was the original home of the Norman family whose name was transformed to Manners, the surname of the Dukes of Rutland. A branch of this family moved into Lothian and then gradually into the Highlands of Scotland, where they became known first as de Meyneris, and eventually as Menzies. Robert de Meyneris appeared at the court of Alexander II, where he gained royal patronage and rose to the heights of Chamberlain of Scotland in 1249.The Menzies family became established within the earldom of Atholl, and Robert’s son, Alexander Menzies, was granted property in the district of Strathtay. There are still many families of the name Menzies to be found in the area to this day.