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Where did the English Manning family come from? What is the English Manning family crest and coat of arms? When did the Manning family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Manning family history?

Manning is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the Old English personal name Manning. According to some experts, this name is derived from the Old Norse word manningi, which means a valiant man.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Manning has undergone many spelling variations, including Manning, Maning, Mannings and others.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manning research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1630 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Manning History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Manning Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Manning family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Manning were among those contributors:

Manning Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Edmund Manning, aged 40, arrived in New England in 1635
  • William Manning, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Thomas, Manning Jr., who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • Grace Manning, who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • Hugh Manning, who landed in Maryland in 1663

Manning Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John Manning, who landed in America in 1760-1763
  • James Manning, who landed in America in 1764
  • Peter Manning, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • Nathaniel Manning, who landed in New Jersey in 1772
  • Walter Manning, who landed in New Hampshire in 1776

Manning Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Terence Manning, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1824
  • Patrick Manning, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Fras Manning, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849
  • J Manning, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J W Manning, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Manning Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Andrew Manning, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1900


  • Corporal Sidney E. Manning (1892-1960), soldier in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War I
  • Peyton Williams Manning (b. 1976), American professional (NFL) football player
  • Frankie Manning (1914-2009), American dancer, instructor, and choreographer
  • Taryn Manning (b. 1978), American actress, fashion designer, and singer-songwriter
  • Brigadier-General Timothy J. Manning (b. 1905), American Commanding Officer 51st Troop Carrier Wing (1944-1945)
  • Elisha Nelson "Eli" Manning (b. 1981), American NFL football quarterback for the New York Giants
  • Raymond Brendan Manning (1934-2000), American carcinologist
  • Richard Francis Xavier "Brennan" Manning (1934-2013), American author, friar, priest and speaker
  • Hugh Manning (1920-2004), English film and television actor
  • Henry Edward Manning (1808-1892), English Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminste



  • The Morgan Manning House, Home of Western Monroe Historical Society .
  • Manning Family, Prominent Members of Old Pinhook Church by Carl H. Hawkins.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Esse quam videri
Motto Translation: To be, rather than to seem.


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  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  11. ...

The Manning Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Manning Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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