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The original Gaelic form of Mannion was O Mainnin.

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The surname Mannion was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island.

Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Mannion family name include Mannion, O'Mannin, O'Mannion, Mannyan, Mennon and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mannion research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Mannion History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mannion Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Mannion:

Mannion Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Mannion, who arrived in Maryland in 1827
  • Mary Mannion, aged 5, arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • Pat Mannion, aged 13, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • Peggy Mannion, aged 40, arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • Thomas Mannion, aged 8, landed in New York, NY in 1849


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  • Thomas P. Mannion, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at El Dorado, Kansas, 1915-21
  • Thomas H. Mannion, American politician, First Selectman of Bethel, Connecticut, 1949-50
  • John F. X. Mannion, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984 (alternate), 2000
  • John F. Mannion, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1932
  • Pace Shewan Mannion (b. 1960), American former professional basketball player
  • Miss Margaret Mannion, aged 28, Irish Third Class passenger from Caltra, Galway who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 16
  • Noel Mannion (b. 1963), former Irish rugby union international player
  • Frank Mannion, Irish film producer
  • Mr. James Mannion (d. 1941), British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Tom Mannion, British actor

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  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  7. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  8. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
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The Mannion Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mannion Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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