Mannings History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Mannings is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that 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.  Another source claims that the surname was an "ancient personal name."  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. 
Early Origins of the Mannings family
The surname Mannings 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." 
"The oldest record of the family occurs in Domesday [Book] as Mannig (Suffolk)"  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. 
Mannings Heath is a village in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England.
Early History of the Mannings family
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Mannings Spelling Variations
Mannings has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Mannings have been found, including Manning, Maning, Mannings and others.
Early Notables of the Mannings family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mannings family to Ireland
Some of the Mannings 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.
Mannings migration to the United States +
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Manningss to arrive on North American shores:
Mannings Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Anna Mannings, aged 6, who arrived in New England in 1635 
- Jo Mannings, aged 20, who landed in Virginia in 1635 
- Tho Mannings, aged 16, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 
- Mehitabell Mannings, aged 3, who arrived in New England in 1635 
- Robert Mannings, who landed in Virginia in 1663 
Mannings Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Mannings, who arrived in America in 1765 
Contemporary Notables of the name Mannings (post 1700) +
- George Mannings (1843-1876), English cricketer who played for Hampshire in 1864
- Konata Mannings (b. 1986), Guyanese international footballer
Historic Events for the Mannings family +
- Mr. Borace D Mannings, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking 
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The Mannings 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.
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- ^ 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)
- ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html