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Early Origins of the Manger family

The surname Manger was first found in Wiltshire where the name was derived from the "Anglo-Saxon mancgere, originally a merchant of the highest class. Aelfric's mancgere is represented as trading gems, gold, wine, oil, etc." 1

Early History of the Manger family

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Manger 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 Manger 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 Manger include: Manger, Maynger, Mainger, Monger, Mansher, Mainsher, Maynsher and many more.

Early Notables of the Manger family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • the Manger family of Wiltshire

United States Manger 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 Manger or a variant listed above:

Manger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Manger, who landed in Virginia in 1651 2
Manger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Manger, who arrived in America in 1709 2
  • Eliza Manger, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 2
  • Joh Phil Manger, who landed in America in 1764-1798 2
  • Johann Phil Manger, who arrived in America in 1789 2
Manger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christiana Fred Manger, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802 2
  • Daniel Manger, who landed in New York, NY in 1831 2
  • Charles Manger, who landed in New York, NY in 1831 2
  • Anne Manger, aged 2, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 2
  • Jacob Manger, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1851 2

Australia Manger migration to Australia +

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

Manger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Manger, (b. 1810), aged 24, English Labourer who was convicted in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England for 7 years for larceny, previously convicted of felony, transported aboard the "Henry Tanner" on 27th June 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia 3
  • Anne Manger, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"
  • Johanna Manger, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"

New Zealand Manger 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:

Manger Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Philip Manger, aged 20, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Manger (post 1700) +

  • William M. Manger Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 1st District, 2004 4
  • Rosi Manger, Swiss gold medalist curler at the 1979 World Curling Championships
  • Josef Manger (1913-1991), German three-time gold medalist weightlifter in the 1930s
  • John Manger Fells (1858-1925), British incorporated accountant consultant, and author on accounting, an early promoter of cost accounting

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. 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)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th January 2020). Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook