There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Manis originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Maghnuis, which means son of Manus. The personal name Manus, imported into Ireland by the Norse, is ultimately derived from the Latin forename Magnus.
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A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Manis include MacManus, MacManners, McManus, Manus and others.
Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Manis to North America:
Manis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Annie Manis, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
John Manis, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1895
Julia Manis, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1895
William Manis, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Manis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Marthe Manis, aged 25, who settled in America from London, in 1904
Samuel Manis, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1905
Meier Manis, aged 23, who landed in America from London, England, in 1907
John W. Manis, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States, in 1914
Emma Manis, aged 55, who landed in America, in 1914