Manan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Manan is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the Old English personal name Manning. According to some experts, this name is derived from the Old Norse word manningi, which means a valiant man.  Another source claims that the surname was an "ancient personal name."  However, one source claims that name was an ancient Norman name that must have moved to England at some point. Lambert Maignon was listed in Normandy in 1180 and a few years later, William, Ansketel le Maignen was also found in Normandy 1180-1185. 
Early Origins of the Manan family
The surname Manan was first found in Suffolk and later in various counties throughout England. "The Mannings were, in the 13th century, represented by the Manings in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Hunts, Lincolnshire, etc. Now they have their principal homes in Essex and Devon, and are also established in Cheshire, Northamptonshire, and Gloucestershire." 
"The oldest record of the family occurs in Domesday [Book] as Mannig (Suffolk)"  The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Henry Maninge in Cambridgeshire; and Nicholas Mannyng in Kent. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Johannes Mannyng and Nora Mannyng. 
Mannings Heath is a village in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England.
Early History of the Manan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manan research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1630 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Manan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Manan Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Manan has been spelled many different ways, including Manning, Maning, Mannings and others.
Early Notables of the Manan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Manan family to Ireland
Some of the Manan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Manan migration to the United States +
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Manans to arrive in North America:
Manan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Juan Manan, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1879 
Contemporary Notables of the name Manan (post 1700) +
- Eddy Helmi Abdul Manan (b. 1979), Malaysian footballer
- Anuar Manan (b. 1986), Malaysian professional cyclist
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The Manan 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: Esse quam videri
Motto Translation: To be, rather than to seem.
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
- ^ 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)