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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: German, Scottish

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

The name Mann was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Mann family lived in Aberdeen.


Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Mann has appeared as Mann, Mangus, Man and others.

First found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mann research. Another 216 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1399, 1411, 1431, 1472, 1533, 1597, 1606, 1625, 1641, and 1790 are included under the topic Early Mann History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Mann family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 225 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

  • Abraham, Adam, Alexander, Andrew, Charles, Christian, and Cornelius Mann, all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the 19th century
  • Johannes Mann with his wife Margareta and their two children

Mann Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Mann, who arrived in Virginia in 1618
  • Jasper Mann, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Thomas Mann, who landed in Virginia in 1621
  • Percival] Mann, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Percivall Mann, who came to Virginia in 1623

Mann Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Jon Mann, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Lewis Mann, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Heinrich Mann, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Henrich Mann, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710
  • Wm Mann, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Mann Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Eberh Fried Mann, who arrived in America in 1807
  • John Mann, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • James Mann, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Hugh G Mann, aged 22, landed in America in 1822
  • Elizabeth Mann, who arrived in New York in 1826


  • Henry Berthold Mann (1905-2000), American mathematician awarded the Cole Prize for Number Theory in 1946
  • Barry Mann (b. 1939), American composer
  • Horace Mann (1796-1859), American educationist
  • Private First Class Joe E Mann (1922-1944), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Horace Mann Jr. (1844-1868), American botanist
  • Michael Kenneth Mann (b. 1943), American BAFTA winning, two-time Primetime Emmy award winning film director, screenwriter, and producer
  • David E. Mann (b. 1924), U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Engineering and Systems) from 1977 to 1981
  • David Mann (1940-2004), California graphic artist, "the biker world's artist-in-residence"
  • David Carl Mann (1932-2012), former professional American football punter
  • Johnny Mann (1928-2014), American Grammy Award-winning arranger, composer, conductor, entertainer, and recording artist



  • George Adam Mann, 1734-1821: a Family on Four Frontiers, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio by Dorothy C. Knoff.
  • The Manns of Edwards County, Illinois by Betty M. Mann.

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: Per ardua stabilis
Motto Translation: Firm in adversity.


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  2. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. 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. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  11. ...

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