Magner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surname Magner is most likely derived from the "Castlemagner" in County Cork, also known as Magnelstown. The name was first recorded as Magnel, which had become Magner by the 16th century. The Irish form of the name is Maingneir.

Early Origins of the Magner family

The surname Magner was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where the family name was recorded in the Judiciary Rolls in the 13th century.

Early History of the Magner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Magner research. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1656 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Magner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Magner Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Magner, Magnel, Magnan, Magnier and others.

Early Notables of the Magner family (pre 1700)

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United States Magner migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Magner Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Charles Magner, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Charles Magner, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [1]
Magner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anthony Magner, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
  • Anthony Magner, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1746
Magner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Magner, who arrived in Boston in 1848 aboard the Niagara, Patrick Magner, who was naturalized in Missouri in 1840
  • Patrick Magner, aged 28, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Patrick Magner, who was naturalized in Vermont in 1845
  • James Magner, who landed in Mississippi in 1854 [1]
  • David Magner, who arrived in Mississippi in 1855 [1]

Canada Magner migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Magner Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • David Magner and his family, who settled in Ontario in 1825
  • Daniel and John Magner, who landed in New Brunswick in 1837
  • James and Thomas Magner, who were recorded in Toronto in 1844

Australia Magner migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Magner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Ann Magner who was convicted in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England for 7 years , transported aboard the "Aurora" on 22nd April 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Honora Magner, aged 21, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Margaret Magner, aged 25, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Daniel Magner, aged 17, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Burlington"
  • John Magner, aged 26, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Burlington"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Magner 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:

Magner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Magner, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
  • Bridget Magner, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Magner (post 1700) +

  • John T. Magner (b. 1855), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played one game for the Cincinnati Reds on July 14, 1879
  • Edmund Burke "Stubby" Magner (1888-1956), American Major League Baseball shortstop and second baseman who played in 1911 for the New York Highlanders
  • Aron Magner (b. 1976), American musician, keyboardist and founding member of The Disco Biscuits
  • Thomas Francis Magner (1860-1945), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1889-1893) and (1893-1895)
  • Francis Joseph Magner (1887-1947), American prelate of the Catholic Church, Bishop of Marquette from 1941 to 1947
  • Blake A Magner, American Civil War historian
  • James E Magner (d. 2000), American professor and poet
  • Patrick "Pat" Magner (b. 1941), Irish former Labour Party politician from Cork
  • Michael Magner VC (1840-1897), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Colm Magner, Canadian actor, writer, and director
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight 191
  • Mrs. Magner, American passenger from Chesterton, Indianapolis, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [3]


The Magner Motto +

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: Magna est veritas
Motto Translation: Great is truth


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  3. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area


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