Mannering History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Mannering was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mannering family lived in a place that in Anglo-Norman French was named Mesnil Warin, which means domain of Warin. The Mesnil-Garin's were a well-known Norman family. The family name Mannering was brought to England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats. The Normans frequently used the name of their estate in Normandy as part of their name. They also imported a vast number of Norman French personal names, which largely replaced traditional Old English personal names among the upper and middle classes.
Early Origins of the Mannering family
The surname Mannering was first found in Cheshire where "Randulphus de Mesniwarin, who accompanied William the Conqueror, and received from him Warmingham, Peover, and thirteen other lordships in Cheshire, together with one in Norfolk. His descendants spread into many branches in Cheshire, and into northern counties."  Sir William Dugdale stated "the name of this celebrated family has been spelt in the astonishing number of one hundred and thirty-five forms, in old records and more modern writings." Also in Cheshire, Ashton was an ancient family seat. "The manor [of Ashton] was held in the reign of Edward I. by the Mainwaring family, from whom it descended by female heirs to the Veres and Trussells."  However some of the family were found south in Devon. "In the reign of Elizabeth the manor [of Sidmouth] was leased to Sir William Perryan, and in that of James I. to Sir Christopher Mainwaring; it was subsequently sold to Sir Edmond Prideaux, with the exception of the great tithes, which were given to Wadham College."  And another branch of the family was found at Baddiley in Cheshire. "Baddiley Hall, once the noble residence of the Mainwarings, is now a farmhouse." 
Early History of the Mannering family
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Mannering Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Mainwaring, Maynwaring, Mannering and others.
Early Notables of the Mannering family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Philip Mainwaring (1589-1661), Principal Secretary to the Lord Deputy of Ireland (1634) and English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1625 and 1661; Sir Thomas Mainwaring, 1st Baronet (1623-1689), Member of Parliament for Cheshire 1660; Sir John Mainwaring, 2nd Baronet (1656-1702), Member of Parliament for Cheshire 1689-1702; and Sir...
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Migration of the Mannering family to Ireland
Some of the Mannering family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Mannering migration to the United States +
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Mannering or a variant listed above:
Mannering Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Joseph Mannering, who settled in Boston in 1631
- Joseph Mannering, who arrived in America in 1632 
- Rich Mannering, who landed in Virginia in 1665 
- George Mannering, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 
Mannering Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- J F Mannering, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 
- Jane Mannering, who landed in Virginia in 1887 
Mannering migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Mannering Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Mannering, English convict from Shropshire, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia 
- John Mannering, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia 
Mannering 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:
Mannering Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Mannering, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- John Mannering, aged 28, a bricklayer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
- Sophia Mannering, aged 26, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
- Benjamin Mannering, aged 30, a brickmaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
- Rosetta Mannering, aged 28, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
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Contemporary Notables of the name Mannering (post 1700) +
- Vincent Mannering, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1964
- Mary Mannering (1876-1953), born Florence Friend, an English actress
- Cecil Mannering, Scottish film actor from Edinburgh, Scotland, known for The Valley of Fear (1916), Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1922) and Giddy Golightly (1917)
- George Edward Mannering (1862-1947), New Zealand banker, mountaineer and writer
- Guy Mannering, New Zealand photographer at Scott Base (1962-1963), eponym of Mount Mannering, Antarctica
- Simon Alexander Mannering (b. 1986), New Zealand professional rugby league footballer
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The Mannering 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: Devant si je puis
Motto Translation: Foremost if I can.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 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)
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843