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Early Origins of the Emmanuel family

The surname Emmanuel was 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.

Early History of the Emmanuel family

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Emmanuel Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Emmanuel family

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Emmanuel Ranking

In the United States, the name Emmanuel is the 11,882nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Canada Emmanuel migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Emmanuel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Emmanuel, who arrived in Canada in 1890

New Zealand Emmanuel migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Emmanuel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph M. Emmanuel, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name Emmanuel (post 1700) +

  • Phillip Ernest "Phil" Emmanuel (1952-2018), Australian guitarist, co-founder of The Trailblazers
  • Joseph Emmanuel Tinney (1910-2006), American attorney and politician, Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis Jr. (1935-2022), American jazz composer, pianist, and radio personality who recorded over 80 albums and received five gold records and three Grammy Awards
  • Joseph Emmanuel Benjamin (1961-2021), St Kitts-born, English cricketer who played in one Test and two ODIs from 1994 to 1995
  • Victor Emmanuel Shwab (1847-1924), American distiller and early co-founder of George Dickel, a brand of Tennessee whiskey now owned by Diageo PLC
  • Henri Emmanuel Boileau (1857-1923), Baron de Castelnau, a French mountain climber who took part in the first ascent of the Meije
  • Garry Emmanuel Shandling (1949-2016), American comedian, actor, writer, producer and director; he hosted the Grammy Awards four times and was host of the Emmy Awards three times
  • Gerhard Emmanuel Lenski Jr. (1924-2015), American sociologist and professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Barry Emmanuel Tuckwell AC, OBE (b. 1931), Australian conductor and Horn Soloist
  • Louis Emmanuel Rey, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [2]

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 27) Louis Rey. Retrieved from on Facebook