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From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Maney family. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Maney is a nickname type of surname for a fierce or strong man which was in turn derived from the Middle-High-German word man, from which the English word man is derived.

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The surname Maney was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where this celebrated family held a family seat from ancient times. One of the first records of the family was Richard Mennet who was listed in Normandy in 1180-1185. Osbert Minete was later recorded there in 1198 and it seems that some of the family emigrated to England as the Hundredorum Rolls of 1272 list William Monet. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)

Spelling variations of this family name include: Manet, Mannet, Manez, Manai, Manaie, Manaies, Manait, Mannez, Mannai, Mannaie, Mannaies, Mannait, Maney, Manney, du Manet, du Mannet, du Manez, du Manai, du Manaie, du Manaies, du Manait, du Mannez, du Mannai, du Mannaie, du Mannaies, du Mannait, du Maney, du Manney and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maney research. Another 214 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1552, 1733 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Maney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Maney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Maney, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Peter Maney, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Jacob Maney, aged 6, who landed in America from London, in 1893
  • George Maney, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1895

Maney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Frank L. Maney, aged 24, who emigrated to America, in 1908
  • Mary Maney, aged 62, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Isabella Maney, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • Arthur Maney, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1912
  • Edmund Maney, aged 35, who landed in America from London, England, in 1912
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  • William Maney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1944, 1948 (alternate)
  • Michael J. Maney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1916; Candidate for New York State Assembly from Ontario County, 1919, 1921
  • George Earl Maney (1826-1901), American politician, U.S. Minister to Colombia, 1881-82; Bolivia, 1882-83; Paraguay, 1889-94; Uruguay, 1889-94
  • Edward Strait Maney (b. 1899), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Torreon, 1924; Tampico, 1924-29; Agua Prieta, 1929-30; Southampton, 1932-34; Taihoku, 1935; U.S. Consul in Buenos Aires, 1945-46
  • James W. Maney (1862-1945), American engineer and railroad contractor
  • George Earl Maney (1826-1901), American soldier, politician, railroad executive, and diplomat
  • Glen Maney (b. 1964), English stand-up comedian , actor, and writer
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Citations



  1. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  7. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. 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. Print.
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The Maney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Maney 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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