Manning History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Manning is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the Old English personal name Manning. According to some experts, this name is derived from the Old Norse word manningi, which means a valiant man. [1] Another source claims that the surname was an "ancient personal name." [2] However, one source claims that name was an ancient Norman name that must have moved to England at some point. Lambert Maignon was listed in Normandy in 1180 and a few years later, William, Ansketel le Maignen was also found in Normandy 1180-1185. [3]

Early Origins of the Manning family

The surname Manning was first found in Suffolk and later in various counties throughout England. "The Mannings were, in the 13th century, represented by the Manings in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Hunts, Lincolnshire, etc. Now they have their principal homes in Essex and Devon, and are also established in Cheshire, Northamptonshire, and Gloucestershire." [4]

"The oldest record of the family occurs in Domesday [Book] as Mannig (Suffolk)" [1] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Henry Maninge in Cambridgeshire; and Nicholas Mannyng in Kent. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Johannes Mannyng and Nora Mannyng. [1]

Mannings Heath is a village in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England.

Early History of the Manning family

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Manning Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Manning has undergone many spelling variations, including Manning, Maning, Mannings and others.

Early Notables of the Manning family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Manning family to Ireland

Some of the Manning family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Manning migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Manning were among those contributors:

Manning Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edmund Manning, aged 40, who arrived in New England in 1635 [5]
  • William Manning, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640 [5]
  • Thomas, Manning Jr., who landed in Maryland in 1658 [5]
  • Grace Manning, who landed in Maryland in 1658 [5]
  • Hugh Manning, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Manning Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Manning, who landed in America in 1760-1763 [5]
  • James Manning, who landed in America in 1764 [5]
  • Peter Manning, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [5]
  • Nathaniel Manning, who landed in New Jersey in 1772 [5]
  • Walter Manning, who landed in New Hampshire in 1776 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Manning Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Terence Manning, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1824 [5]
  • Patrick Manning, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [5]
  • Fras Manning, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849 [5]
  • J Manning, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [5]
  • J W Manning, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Manning Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Andrew Manning, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1900 [5]

Canada Manning migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Manning Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Henry Manning, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Richard Manning, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Richard Manning, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Manning, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • David Manning, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Manning Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Manning, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1814
  • James Manning, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1820
  • John Manning, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1824
  • Elizabeth Manning, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • John Manning, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Manning migration to Australia +

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

Manning Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Manning, English convict who was convicted in Suffolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. George Manning, English convict who was convicted in Weymouth, Dorset, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bardaster" on 7th September 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Edward Manning, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848 [8]
  • John Manning, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849 [9]
  • Patrick Manning, aged 38, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Manning 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:

Manning Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Jonathan Manning, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Henry Manning a surgeon, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Henry Manning a surgeon, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • Dr. Manning, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 23rd March 1848 [11]
  • Mr. William Manning, (b. 1853), aged Infant, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd December 1853 [11]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Manning (post 1700) +

  • Peyton Williams Manning (b. 1976), American professional NFL football quarterback, two-time Super Bowl Champion, two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2013)
  • Blanche M. Manning (1934-2020), American jurist, Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Donald "Don" Manning (1965-2020), American politician, Member of the Ohio House of Representatives (2019-2020)
  • Elisha Archibald "Archie" Manning III (b. 1949), former American football quarterback who played for 13 seasons in the National Football League, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, father of Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and Cooper Manning
  • Peter Jonathan "Pete" Manning (1937-2019), American NFL and CFL football player who played for the Chicago Bears, Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts
  • Lynn Manning (1955-2015), American playwright, poet and actor
  • Richard Francis Xavier "Brennan" Manning (1934-2013), American author, friar, priest and speaker
  • Raymond Brendan Manning (1934-2000), American carcinologist
  • Elisha Nelson "Eli" Manning (b. 1981), American NFL football quarterback for the New York Giants
  • Brigadier-General Timothy J. Manning (b. 1905), American Commanding Officer 51st Troop Carrier Wing (1944-1945) [12]
  • ... (Another 123 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight 191
  • J Manning, American passenger from Los Angeles, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [13]
Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Vera Grace  Manning (1908-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [14]
  • Miss Edna May  Manning (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [14]
  • Mrs. Alma Irene  Manning, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [14]
  • Mrs. Annie  Manning, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [14]
HMAS Sydney II
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Peter Manning (1917-1942), English Able Seaman-Gunner from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, died during the evacuation of Singapore in 1942 [16]
HMS Royal Oak
  • James Manning (1916-1939), British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [17]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Peter Manning, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [18]
  • Mr. John Manning, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [18]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Leroy Manning, American Seaman Second Class from Kentucky, 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 [19]


The Manning 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: Esse quam videri
Motto Translation: To be, rather than to seem.


Suggested Readings for the name Manning +

  • 348 The Morgan Manning House, Home of Western Monroe Historical Society , Manning Family, Prominent Members of Old Pinhook Church by Carl H. Hawkins.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bardaster
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FORFARSHIRE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Forfarshire.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUSANNAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Susannah.htm
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITISH EMPIRE 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850BritishEmpire.htm
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 11) Timothy Manning. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Manning/Timothy_J./USA.html
  13. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area
  14. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  15. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  16. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  17. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  18. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  19. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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