Manley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Manley is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Manley family lived in the places named Manley in Cheshire. The place-name was originally derived from the Old English word moene, which means common or shared, and leah, which means wood or clearing. This surname is still found most frequently around the villages of Manley in Devon and Cheshire.

Early Origins of the Manley family

The surname Manley was first found in Cheshire at Manley, a village and civil parish in the union of Runcorn, Second division of the hundred of Eddisbury that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Menlie. The place name literally means "common wood or clearing," having derived from the Old English words maene + leah. [1] The surname is ancient. In fact, the coat of arms described later in this history traces it's origin to a registration in the Battell Abbey Roll as one of the "companions in arms" of the Conqueror.

Early History of the Manley family

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Manley Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Manley family name include Manley, Mandley, Mandly, Manly, Mannley and others.

Early Notables of the Manley family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Manley (c 1622-1699), an English politician, Post Master General, Member of Parliament for Denbigh Boroughs in 1659; and...
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Ireland Migration of the Manley family to Ireland

Some of the Manley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Manley migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Manley family to immigrate North America:

Manley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ralph Manley, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1630 [2]
  • Roger Manley, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [2]
Manley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Manley, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 [2]
Manley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Manley, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1847 [2]
  • Jethro Manley, who arrived in Ohio in 1849 [2]
  • Ellen Manley, aged 40, who landed in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Patrick Manley, aged 13, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Edward, James, John, Joseph, Michael, Patrick, Richard, Thomas, and William Manley all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Manley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Manley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Anthony Manley who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Ganges" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in 1847 [3]
  • Mrs. Ann Manley, aged 60 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Ganges" departing 16th June 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 21st August 1847 but she died on board [4]
  • Mr. John Manley, aged 26 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Sir Henry Pottinger" departing 29th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 7th August 1847 but he died on board [4]
  • Mrs. Kate Manley, aged 40 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Sir Henry Pottinger" departing 29th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 7th August 1847 but she died on board [4]
  • Mr. Michael Manley, aged 39 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Sir Henry Pottinger" departing 29th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 7th August 1847 but he died on board [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Manley migration to Australia +

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

Manley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Manley, a confectioner, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Elizabeth Manley, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Samuel Manley, aged 29, a butcher, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" [6]
  • Ann Manley, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Mary Green" [7]
  • Margaret Manley, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Confiance" [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Manley 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:

  • Drinan Manley, aged 20, a farmer, who arrived in New Plymouth aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
Manley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Manley, aged 20, a tailor, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875
  • Emma Manley, aged 28, a cook, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Ruapehu" in 1887

Contemporary Notables of the name Manley (post 1700) +

  • George Edmond Manley (b. 1965), American voice artist, novelist and screenplay writer
  • Effa Manley (1897-1981), American Negro League Baseball owner and first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame; wife of Abe Manley
  • Dexter "Dex" Manley, American commercial and video game voice actor who has worked on over 300 commercials and 25 video games
  • Dr. Audrey Forbes Manley (b. 1934), American pediatrician, and public health administrator, acting Surgeon General of the United States from 1995 to 1997
  • Alvin Vincent Manley (b. 1971), American boxer, two-time National Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight Champion (1992, 1996)
  • Abraham L. "Abe" Manley (1885-1952), American sports executive, co-owner of the Newark Eagles, Brooklyn Eagles and Newark Dodgers
  • Dexter Keith Manley (b. 1959), American former NFL football defensive end who played from 1981 to 1994, inducted into the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame
  • Brigadier-General Frederick Willis Manley (1881-1958), American Commanding Officer Camp Rucker, Alabama (1942-1943) [9]
  • John H. Manley (1907-1999), American nuclear physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project
  • Arlanders M. Manley Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1996 [10]
  • ... (Another 34 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mr. David Victor Manley (1942-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Cambridge, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [11]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Jeremiah Manley, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Gilbert Manley, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Arthur Manley, British Chief Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [13]


The Manley Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Manus haec inimica tyrannis
Motto Translation: This hand is hostile to tyrants.


Suggested Readings for the name Manley +

  • 1273 My Husband's Folk the Manlys and Galloways and Allied Families by Elizabeth Cate Manly, Manley Family : New England and New York, 1650-1950 by Henry Sackett Manley.

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 41)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 85)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  6. ^ South Australian Register Friday 29 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marshall Bennett 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marshallbennett1853.shtml.
  7. ^ South Australian Register Monday 20 June 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARY GREEN 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marygreen1853.shtml.
  8. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 13th September 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1854.shtml.
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 11) Frederick Manley. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Manley/Frederick_Willis/USA.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  13. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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