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

The original Gaelic form of the Irish name Manahan was written as O Mainchin, which is derived from the word manach, which means monk.

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Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name Manahan include Mannix, Managan, Managhan, Manahan, Manihan, O'Managhan, O'Manihan, Mangan and many more.

First found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manahan research. Another 206 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Manahan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Manahan:

Manahan Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Manahan, who landed in Virginia in 1654

Manahan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Manahan, aged 24, landed in New York in 1812
  • Patrick Manahan, aged 37, landed in New York in 1812
  • Daniel and Patrick Manahan arrived in Philadelphia, PA between 1842 and 1859
  • Anthony Manahan, aged 20, arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • A Manahan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


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  • William Lawrence "Larry" Manahan, American politician, former member of the Ohio House of Representatives (1979-1992)
  • James Manahan (1866-1932), American politician, U.S. Representative from Minnesota (1913-1915)
  • Donal Thomas Manahan (b. 1953), Irish-born, American marine scientist, known for Antarctic and deep oceanic research on marine invertebrates and their larvae in extreme environments, eponym of Manahan Peak, Antarctica
  • Robert L. Manahan (1956-2000), American voice actor
  • Dr. Ronald E. Manahan (1977-1986), American academic, 5th President of Grace College and Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana
  • Anna Maria Manahan (1924-2009), Irish stage, film and television actress
  • Manuel P. Manahan (1916-1994), Filipino statesman, journalist, businessman, and rural development advocate, Senator of the Philippines from 1961 until 1967
  • Clifford Ross "Cliff" Manahan (1888-1970), Canadian curler from Edmonton, Alberta, winner of eight provincial titles and won two Briers, inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1975
  • Aeon "Step" Manahan, British songwriter, music producer and performer from London
  • Anthony Manahan (1794-1849), Irish-born, Canadian businessman and politician in Upper Canada


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  7. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Manahan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Manahan 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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