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.
Early Origins of the Manis family
The surname Manis was first found in County Roscommon
(Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland
in the province of Connacht
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Manis family
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Manis Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Manis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Manis family to the New World and Oceana
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 emigrated 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 emigrated 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 emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States, in 1914
- Emma Manis, aged 55, who landed in America, in 1914
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Contemporary Notables of the name Manis (post 1700)
- Andrew Michael Manis (b. 1954), American historian, professor at Macon State College, Macon, Georgia
- Brian Manis, American producer
- David Manis (b. 1959), American actor
- Chad Manis, American college football quarterback at the University of Utah