Mann History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Mann was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Mann family lived in Aberdeen.

Early Origins of the Mann family

The surname Mann was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), where the first records was of John Man who was admitted burgess of Aberdeen in 1399. Christina Man in Aberdeen was described in 1411 as "communis receptor meretricium et furium". Nicolaus Man was juror on inquest for ascertaining the former tenure of the lands of Kilrawakys et Geddes in 1431. [1]

In England, "the Manns have found a home in Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire for at least six centuries, Man being the early form of the name. There was a family of Mann in Norwich at the beginning of last century, and the name is still in the city." [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Bartholomew le Man, Somerset; and Michael le Man, Oxfordshire while the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Patricius de Man; Johannes de Man; Cecilia Manne; and Johannes de Manne as all holding lands there at that time. [3]

"Mann was an old and numerous Widecombe [Devon] name in the 16th and 17th centuries, and it still has its principal home in the county in that neighbourhood." [2]

Early History of the Mann family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mann research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1472, 1533, 1597, 1606, 1625, 1641, 1790, 1586, 1720, 1512, 1569, 1512, 1523, 1529, 1533, 1537, 1538, 1540, 1547, 1700, 1761, 1700, 1721, 1742 and 1761 are included under the topic Early Mann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mann Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Mann has appeared as Mann, Mangus, Man and others.

Early Notables of the Mann family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was John Man (1512-1569), Dean of Gloucester, born in 1512 at Laycock, Wiltshire, according to Wood, though the records of Winchester College name Winterbourne Stoke, in that county, as his birthplace. He was admitted into Winchester College in 1523, and was elected to New College, Oxford, where he became a probationer fellow, 28 Oct. 1529, being made perpetual fellow two years afterwards. He graduated B.A. 20 July 1533, and M.A. 13 Feb. 1537-1538. On 9 April 1540 he was appointed the southern proctor of the university. Being suspected of heresy, he was expelled from...
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Mann World Ranking

In the United States, the name Mann is the 351st most popular surname with an estimated 77,097 people with that name. [4] However, in Canada, the name Mann is ranked the 306th most popular surname with an estimated 14,346 people with that name. [5] And in France, the name Mann is the 4,446th popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [6] Australia ranks Mann as 258th with 13,357 people. [7] New Zealand ranks Mann as 424th with 1,567 people. [8] The United Kingdom ranks Mann as 251st with 23,861 people. [9]

Ireland Migration of the Mann family to Ireland

Some of the Mann family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Mann migration to the United States +

The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Mann Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Mann, who arrived in Virginia in 1618 [10]
  • Jasper Mann, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [10]
  • Thomas Mann, who landed in Virginia in 1621 [10]
  • Percival] Mann, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [10]
  • Percivall Mann, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mann Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jon Mann, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [10]
  • Lewis Mann, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [10]
  • Heinrich Mann, who landed in New York in 1709 [10]
  • Henrich Mann, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 [10]
  • William Mann, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eberh Fried Mann, who arrived in America in 1807 [10]
  • John Mann, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [10]
  • James Mann, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [10]
  • Abraham, Adam, Alexander, Andrew, Charles, Christian, and Cornelius Mann, all, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the 19th century
  • Johannes Mann with his wife Margareta and their two children
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mann Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Richard Mann, (b. 1874), aged 30, Cornish miner, from Penzance, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lucania" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 2nd April 1904 en route to Ishpeming, Michigan, USA [11]
  • Mr. Richard Henry Mann, (b. 1884), aged 20, Cornish farm hand, from Gulval, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 3rd July 1904 en route to Bessemer, Michigan, USA [11]

Canada Mann migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mann Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Private. Edward J. Mann U.E., (Man) (b. 1766) from Stillwater, New York, USA who settled in New Carlisle and Paspébiac, Gaspé, Quebec c. 1784 he enlisted in 1780 serving in the Kings Royal Regiment of New York, married to Ann Shipman having 8 children, he died in 1798 [12]
  • Col. Isaac Mann Sr., U.E., (Man) (b. 1723) born in New York, USA from Stillwater, New York, USA who settled in New Carlisle and Paspébiac, Gaspé, Quebec c. 1784 he served in the Kings Loyal Americans Regiment (Jessup's Rangers), married to Annatje (Ann) Jeffries having 7 children he died in 1803 [12]
  • Mr. Isaac Mann Jr., U.E., (Man) (b. 1748) born in Stillwater, New York, USA from Stillwater, New York, USA who settled in New Carlisle and Paspébiac, Gaspé, Quebec c. 1784 he enlisted in 1777 servings in Kings Loyal American Regiment (Jessup's Rangers), Burgoyne's Loyalists and Kings Royal Regiment of New York, married to Mary Eyre Robertson having 1 son [12]
  • Ensign. John Mann U.E., (Man) (b. 1752) born in Stillwater, New York, USA from Stillwater, New York, USA who settled in New Carlisle and Paspébiac, Gaspé, Quebec c. 1784 he enlisted in 1771 serving in Jessup's Rangers and the Kings Royal Regiment of New York, married to Elizabeth Pemberton having 5 children, he died in 1805 [12]
  • Capt. Samuel Mann U.E., (Man) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [12]
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Mann Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Mann, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • John Mann, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • Elijah Mann, who arrived in Canada in 1829
  • Mrs. Mary Mann, aged 35 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Free Trader" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [13]
  • Mr. William Mann, aged 30 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Rankin" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [13]
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Australia Mann migration to Australia +

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

Mann Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Mann, British convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • Mr. William Mann, British Convict who was convicted in Suffolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [15]
  • William Mann, a shipwright, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. Charles Mann, British convict who was convicted in Thetford, Norfolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [16]
  • Mr. Thomas Mann, British convict who was convicted in Sussex, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [16]
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New Zealand Mann 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:

  • Miss Mary Mann, (b. 1844), aged 34, Cornish cook departing on 8th August 1878 aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" going to Marlborough, New Zealand arriving in port in November 1878 [17]
Mann Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Mann, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Arab
  • Jonathan Mann, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Eliza Mann, aged 32, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • John Mann, aged 13, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Edward Mann, aged 50, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
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West Indies Mann migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [18]
Mann Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Francis Mann, aged 19, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [10]
  • Miss Ann Mann, (b. 1618), aged 17, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Alexander" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [19]
  • Mr. Francis Mann, (b. 1616), aged 19, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Expedition" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [20]
  • Mr. John Mann, (b. 1614), aged 21, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Expedition" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [20]
Mann Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Isaac Mann, who arrived in Dominica in 1774 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mann (post 1700) +

  • Dick Mann (1934-2021), American professional motorcycle racer, two-time winner of the A.M.A. Grand National Championship, inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1993, and the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998
  • Carl Mann (1942-2020), American rockabilly singer and pianist from Huntingdon, Tennessee
  • Murray Gell- Mann (1929-2020), American physicist who received the 1969 Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles
  • Carol Mann (1941-2018), American professional LPGA golfer, inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame
  • Robert Nathaniel Mann (1920-2018), American violinist, composer, conductor, founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet
  • Woodrow Wilson Mann (1916-2002), American Democratic Party politician, Insurance broker; Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, 1956-57
  • William Hodges Mann (1843-1927), American Democratic Party politician, Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Lawyer; Nottoway County Judge, 1870-92; Member of Virginia State Senate 28th District, 1904-09; Governor of Virginia, 1910-14;
  • William B. Mann (b. 1946), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Monroe County 5th District, 1940-44
  • William B. Mann, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1860
  • William Mann, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1960
  • ... (Another 166 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Miss Dorothy Maude Mann (1930-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Te Atatu, Auckland, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [21]
Bismarck
  • Martin Mann (1921-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [22]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. A. E.  Mann, English Junior Wireless Operator aboard the SS Curaca from Gloucester, England, United Kingdom who died in the explosion [23]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Keith Arthur Mann (1922-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Caulfield, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [24]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Arthur J Mann (b. 1921), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Manor Park, Essex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [25]
HMS Prince of Wales
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Charles C. Mann, American Lieutenant working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [27]
  • Mr. William Edward Mann, American Gunner's Mate Third Class from Washington, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [27]


The Mann 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: Per ardua stabilis
Motto Translation: Firm in adversity.


Suggested Readings for the name Mann +

  • George Adam Mann, 1734-1821: a Family on Four Frontiers, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio by Dorothy C. Knoff.
  • The Manns of Edwards County, Illinois by Betty M. Mann.

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