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The ancestors of the Manchester surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Manchester, which was in the counties of Warwickshire and Lancashire. The Manchester surname is ahabitation name that was originally derived from a pre-existing name for a town, village, parish, or farmstead.

Manchester Early Origins



The surname Manchester was first found in Greater Manchester. The name originates from the Ancient Roman name Mamucium, which was the name of a Roman fort and settlement there. By the 4th century, records showed the spelling as Mamucio and much later in the Domesday Book it was listed as Mamecestre. The place name literally is derived from the Ole English word "ceaster" which means "Roman fort or town."

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Manchester Spelling Variations


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Manchester Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Manchester include Manchester, Mancester and others.

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Manchester Early History


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Manchester Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manchester research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 110 and 1100 are included under the topic Early Manchester History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Manchester Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Manchester Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Manchester 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



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Manchester Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Manchester, who landed in New Haven, Conn in 1638

Manchester Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Manchester settled in Philadelphia in 1826
  • William Manchester, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845
  • J B Manchester, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • A Manchester, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Thomas J Manchester, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Manchester Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edw Manchester, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760

Manchester Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Manchester arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848

Manchester Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary A. Manchester arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Manchester (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Manchester (post 1700)



  • William D. Manchester, American politician, Delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Manistee County, 1933
  • William Charles Manchester (1873-1943), American Republican politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention 4th District, 1907-08; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1908
  • William Manchester, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Madison County, 1830
  • Wilbur Grant Manchester (1860-1947), American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 4th District, 1908; Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1916
  • Scott Manchester, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Barkhamsted, 1912
  • Orson Leroy Manchester (1864-1928), American politician, Mayor of Normal, Illinois, 1907-17
  • Marjorie A. Manchester, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1944
  • Leslie S. Manchester, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bristol; Elected 1946, 1948
  • John Manchester, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Colebrook, 1838
  • Irving T. Manchester, American Republican politician, Independent Republican Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 5th District, 1932
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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    The Manchester Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Manchester 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.

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