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

There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. McManus originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Maghnuis, which means son of Manus. The personal name Manus, imported into Ireland by the Norse, is ultimately derived from the Latin forename Magnus.


Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name McManus revealed many variations, including MacManus, MacManners, McManus, Manus and others.

First found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McManus research. Another 404 words(29 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1181 are included under the topic Early McManus History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McManus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name McManus:

McManus Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Bernard McManus, who landed in America in 1804
  • Bryan McManus, who landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Owen McManus, who landed in America in 1806
  • William McManus, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1806
  • Patrick McManus, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815


  • Danny McManus (b. 1965), American and Canadian football quarterback
  • James McManus (b. 1951), American poker player, novelist, and poet
  • Louis McManus (1898-1968), Emmy award-winning American television engineer and film editor
  • George McManus (1884-1954), American cartoonist, best known as the creator of his syndicated comic strip, Bringing Up Father
  • Patrick A. McManus (1859-1917), Irish-born, American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • John Patrick McManus (b. 1951), Irish businessman and racehorse owner
  • Peter McManus (1829-1859), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Alan McManus (b. 1971), Scottish professional snooker player
  • Allan McManus (b. 1974), Scottish footballer
  • De Clan Patrick McManus (b. 1955), original name of Elvis Costello, English singer-songwriter



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  10. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  11. ...

The McManus Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McManus 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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