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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.

Magnus Early Origins



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.

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Magnus Spelling Variations


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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.

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Magnus Early History


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Magnus Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Magnus research. Another 206 words (15 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.

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Magnus Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Magnus Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Magnus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Charles Magnus, who was recorded in 1782 as being a British deserter in the American Revolution
  • Charles Magnus, who landed in America in 1782

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
  • Frederick Magnus, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Godfrey Magnus, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Magnus Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Susannah Magnus, aged 31, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "William Money"
  • Susannah Magnus, aged 31, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Magnus (post 1700)


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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
  • 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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    2. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    7. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    11. ...

    The Magnus Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Magnus 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.

    This page was last modified on 30 November 2016 at 07:30.

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