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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Emanuele, Emmanuele, Emanuel, D'Emanuelli, Manuel, Manuello, Manuelli and many more.

First found in Sardinia (Italian: Sardegna, Sardinian: Sardigna), the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The original inhabitants were Sicels. The Greeks colonized in 735 B.C. Phoenician settlements began in 6th century. Carthaginians arrived 410. Romans arrived, then the Saracens. Then the Norman Conquest said to be Sicily's brightest hour, 1057 A.D and taking 35 years. They made Sicilians the leading Maritimes power in the Mediterranean, and King Roger of Sicily one of the greatest Kings in Europe. From Sicily they invaded Greece. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manuel research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1285, 1437, 1494, and 1655 are included under the topic Early Manuel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Diego Manuel, who sailed to Dominican Republic in 1535
  • Juan Manuel sailed to Florida in 1563
  • Inés Manuel sailed to Peru in 1576
  • Luis Manuel sailed to Peru in 1592

Manuel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joaquin Manuel, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • David Manuel, aged 46, arrived in New York in 1812
  • John Manuel, who landed in New York in 1822
  • Jarora Manuel, aged 22, landed in New Orleans, La in 1825
  • Chas Manuel, aged 35, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829


Manuel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Elisha Manuel arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848
  • Thomas Manuel, aged 23, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima"
  • Jacob Manuel, aged 35, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
  • Nicholas Manuel, aged 38, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • John Manuel, aged 18, a copperminer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Marion"


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  • Charles Fuqua Manuel Jr. (b. 1944), former American Major League Baseball player
  • Robert Mehmet Manuel (b. 1983), American professional baseball relief pitcher
  • Sam Manuel, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Delegate to U.S. Congress from the District of Columbia, 1992, 1996, 2000; Socialist Workers Candidate for Mayor of Washington, District of Columbia, 1998
  • Lawrence R. Manuel, American politician, Representative from California 8th District, 1986
  • James M. Manuel, American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives from Montgomery County; Elected 1897
  • Herman E. Manuel, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1901-02
  • Edward Manuel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 2000
  • E. Pat Manuel, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1988
  • Charles Manuel (1930-2000), American politician, Member of Montana State House of Representatives, 1973-89
  • Amy Manuel, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008

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  1. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  4. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  9. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
  10. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
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The Manuel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Manuel 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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