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The surname Manigault was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Manningham in the West Riding. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1285 when Roger de Manningham held estates in that shire.

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Manigault has appeared include Manningham, Maningham, Manyngham, Maningum, Maningam, Manigham, Manigford, Maningford and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manigault research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1353, 1427, 1510, 1600, 1043, 1401, 1534, 1455, 1487, 1722, 1651, 1722 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Manigault History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 16 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Manigault Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Manigault arrived in North America very early:

Manigault Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Peter Manigault, who landed in South Carolina in 1691
  • Pierre Manigault (16641729), a French Huguenot settler to America born in La Rochelle, France and settled in Charleston, great-great-grandfather of Arthur Middleton Manigault, American brigadier general in the Civil War

  • Edward Middleton Manigault (1887-1922), Canadian-born, American Modernist painter
  • Gabriel Manigault (1758-1809), American architect from Charleston, South Carolina
  • Arthur Middleton Manigault (1824-1886), American brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War
  • Omaroseonee "Omarosa" Manigault (b. 1974), American reality game show and reality show personality

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    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. 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.
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    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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    The Manigault Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Manigault 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.

    This page was last modified on 28 November 2013 at 09:47.

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