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Early Origins of the Manby family

The surname Manby was first found in Lincolnshire at Manby, a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district. The village dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Mannebi and literally meant "farmstead or village of a man called Manni" from the Old Scandinavian personal name + by. Manby Hall is a neat mansion with pleasant grounds.

Early History of the Manby family

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Manby Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Manby are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Manby include: Manby, Manbee and others.

Early Notables of the Manby family (pre 1700)

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United States Manby migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Manby or a variant listed above:

Manby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Manby, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • John Manby, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 [1]

Australia Manby migration to Australia +

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

Manby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Manby 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:

Manby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. C. Manby, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Kenilworth" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 2nd May 1857 [3]
  • Mrs. Manby, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Kenilworth" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 2nd May 1857 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Manby (post 1700) +

  • Joel Manby, American CEO of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, former President and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment
  • Thomas F. Manby, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1960 [4]
  • Charles Manby FRS (1804-1884), English Secretary of the Institution of Civil Engineers from November 1839 to 1856, son of Aaron Manby
  • Aaron Manby (1776-1850), English civil engineer and the founder of the Horseley Ironworks
  • Captain George William Manby FRS (1765-1854), English author and inventor who invented the Manby Mortar, to help save people from shipwrecks and the "extincteur", the first modern fire extinguisher
  • Rear Admiral Thomas Moore Manby (1769-1834), British naval officer who fought in the French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars
  • James Manby Gully (1808-1883), Victorian medical doctor, best known for his practice of hydrotherapy [5]

RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Ada Manby, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and survived the sinking [6]

  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 25th November 2020). Retrieved from
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from
  5. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  6. Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook