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The history of the Maness family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Mesnieres a small village in France. The family name Maness was brought to England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats. The surname Maness was established by Norman landholders in the county of Northumberland.

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The surname Maness was first found in Northumberland where Sir Robert Manners was one of the first on record, when he held land in Northumberland in 1165, and it is suggested that the village Mannor near Lanchester in neighboring Durham was named from the family.

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Manners, Maners, Manner and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maness research. Another 313 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1340, 1324, 1525, 1488, 1543, 1525, 1559, 1588, 1587, 1588, 1604, 1679, 1640, 1641, 1638, 1711, 1703, 1676, 1721, 1696, 1779, 1697 and 1772 are included under the topic Early Maness History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Manners (c.1488-1543), son of the 12th Baron de Ros of Hamlake, who was created Earl of Rutland in 1525 - this was the second creation of this title, which has remained with the Manners, ever since; John Manners (c.1559-1588), the 4th Earl...

Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maness Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Maness or a variant listed above were:

Maness Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Martha Maness, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Maness Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Carl Maness, aged 26, who arrived in America, in 1923
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  • Paul R. Maness, American Republican politician, Chair of Preston County Republican Party, 1945-46; Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Preston County, 1945-48
  • Macye Maness, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1940; Chair of Ripley County Democratic Party, 1949
  • Hubert Maness, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Manaos, 1943
  • E. A. Maness, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1924
  • Mrs. C. E. Maness, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1928
  • Adam Maness, American pianist, known for his work with Erin Bode on her album Over and Over
  • Rob Maness, American retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and politician, Republican Party candidate for the United States Senate election in Louisiana, 2014
  • James Maness (b. 1963), American former NFL football wide receiver for the Chicago Bears in 1985
  • Jack Maness, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist from Long Beach, California
  • Michael Seth Maness (b. 1988), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals
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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: Pour y parvenir
Motto Translation: To accomplish it

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    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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    The Maness Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Maness 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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