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

The roots of the name Manson come from the Viking settlers of ancient Scotland. The name was derived from the personal name Magnus, which is derived from the Latin word magnus, which means great. This name was popular among the Norsemen and was borrowed in honor of Charlemagne, who was known as Carolus Magnus in Latin.


Medieval scribes most often spelled names by the way they sounded. spelling variations, are thus, very common in records dating from that time. Over the years, Manson has been spelled Manson, Manseon, Mansson, Mainson, Monson, Mansoun, Magnuson and many more.

First found in Caithness (Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manson research. Another 239 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1450, 1658, 1620 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Manson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


The Scottish settlers spread out along the fertile land of the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. They and many of their children went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. That heritage has been recovered by many in this century through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Archival documents indicate that members of the Manson family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Manson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomazin Manson, aged 14, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Luke Manson settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Peter Manson, who arrived in Maryland in 1661
  • Wm Manson, who landed in Virginia in 1663

Manson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • William Manson, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1775
  • Thomas Manson, aged 16, landed in Georgia in 1775
  • Margaret Manson, aged 26, landed in Georgia in 1775
  • Barbara, Elizabeth and her mother Elizabeth, Janet, Margaret, and Thomas Manson all settled in Georgia in 1775
  • Barbara Manson, aged 23, arrived in Georgia in 1775

Manson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Manson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Andrew Manson, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1820
  • Jose Manson, aged 18, landed in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Daniel Manson, who landed in New York, NY in 1842
  • Louis Manson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


  • Pat Manson (b. 1967), retired American pole vaulter, best known for winning three gold medals at the Pan American Games
  • Mahlon Dickerson Manson (1820-1895), Indiana politician, and a Union general in the American Civil War
  • David Manson Sr. (1753-1836), American patriot who fought in the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, an aide to General George Washington
  • David Manson (b. 1952), American Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning film and television producer, screenwriter and director, known for his work on House of Cards (2013)
  • Mahlon Dickerson Manson (1820-1895), American druggist, politician, and a Union general in the American Civil War
  • Marilyn Manson (b. 1969), stage name of Brian Hugh Warner, American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist
  • Sir Patrick Manson GCMG, FRS (1844-1922), Scottish doctor, pioneer in the field of tropical medicine
  • Shirley Ann Manson (b. 1966), Scottish recording artist and actress
  • James Manson (1845-1935), Scottish engineer, Locomotive Superintendent of two Scottish railway companies
  • Stephen Manson (b. 1986), Scottish-born footballer



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: Meae menor originis
Motto Translation: Mindful of my origin.


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  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  9. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  10. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
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The Manson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Manson 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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