The distinguished Austrian
surname Maenner is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. Austria
, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire
in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria
was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths
, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria
. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne
, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria
was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria
until the 20th century.
Early Origins of the Maenner family
The surname Maenner was first found in Styria, where the name could be considered to have made a great early contribution to the feudal
society which became the backbone of modern Europe. The name became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses. They played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts in which each group sought power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Maenner family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maenner research.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1627, 1760, 1769, 1796, 1848, and 1859 are included under the topic Early Maenner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Maenner Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Maenner include Man, Manne, Manner, Maner, Maenner, Maener, Manns and others.
Early Notables of the Maenner family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Maenner were Horace Mann (1796-1859), who was an American educator and statesman. His writings, which influenced the secularization of public schools, hold a commanding... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maenner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Maenner family to the New World and Oceana
was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian
settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Maenner or a variant listed above: Percivall Mann, who came to Virginia in 1623. Nicholas Mann came to Virginia in 1642; while Katherine Mann came there in 1663; and Thomas Mann arrived in 1635. Daniell Mann and John Mann came to Boston in 1652. Throughout the 1730s and 1740s, many bearers of this name came to Philadelphia, such as Johannes Mann with his wife Margareta and their two children. In the 1840s and 1850s, many members of the family emigrated to Texas, such as Christian Mann in 1846.