Magnus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Magnus derived from the given name Magnus, which means "great" in Latin and means "power" in Swedish. The name was made famous by St. Magnus and Magnus, the son of St. Olaf of Sweden. In Baden and Wuerttemberg, the most popular form of the name was Mang, while in northern Germany the most common form of the name is Magnussen.

Early Origins of the Magnus family

The surname Magnus was first found in northern Germany, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. The name was made famous by St. Magnus, and in Baden and Wuerttemberg the popular form became "Mang." Thus chronicles mention Jakob Meng, son of Pualin Mang of Freiburg in 1570. The name is common in northern Germany especially in the form Magnussen, perhaps taking the name from Magnus, the son of St. Olaf of Sweden. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System. Albertus Magnus,O.P. (c. 1200-1280), also known as Saint Albert the Great and Albert of Cologne, was a German Dominican friar and Catholic bishop who was later canonized as a Catholic saint.

Important Dates for the Magnus family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Magnus research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1853, 1620, 1488, 1802, 1870, 1799 and 1872 are included under the topic Early Magnus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Magnus Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Magnus, Magnes, Magnis, Magnissen, Magnussen, Magnusen, Magnues, Magnuss, Magnuson, Magnussohn, Mang (Baden and many more.

Early Notables of the Magnus family (pre 1700)

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Magnus migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Magnus Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jonas Magnus, who landed in New York City in 1660
Magnus Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henrich Magnus, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • Charles Magnus, who was recorded in 1782 as being a British deserter in the American Revolution
  • Charles Magnus, who landed in America in 1782 [1]
Magnus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Magnus, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1806
  • Samuel Magnus, who settled in New York, NY in 1834
  • John Magnus, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839 [1]
  • Frederick Magnus, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Godfrey Magnus, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Magnus migration to Australia

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

Magnus Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Maurice Magnus, British convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Susannah Magnus, aged 31, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "William Money" [3]
  • Susannah Magnus, aged 31, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Magnus (post 1700)

  • Sandra H. Magnus PH.D. (b. 1964), American engineer and NASA Astronaut with over 22 days in space [4]
  • Paul Wilhelm Magnus (1844-1914), German botanist and mycologist
  • Ludwig Immanuel Magnus (1790-1861), German Jewish mathematician
  • Heinrich Gustav Magnus (1802-1870), German experimental scientist who discovered the Magnus effect
  • Wilhelm Magnus (1907-1990), German mathematician
  • Erik Magnus Lindberg (1952-2019), Swedish musician, singer and composer
  • Geir Magnus Nyborg (1951-2018), Norwegian media scholar and theologian
  • Robert Magnus Martinson (1927-1979), American sociologist, best known for his 1974 study "What Works?"
  • Charles Magnus Lindgren (1819-1879), Swedish born, American shipping executive
  • Josef Magnus Wehner (1891-1973), German writer and playwright

Citations

  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 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "WILLIAM MONEY" 1848-49. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WmMoney.htm
  4. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Sandra Magnus. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/magnus.html
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