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Where did the Irish Mannix family come from? What is the Irish Mannix family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mannix family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mannix family history?

The original Gaelic form of the Irish name Mannix was written as O Mainchin, which is derived from the word manach, which means monk.


The spelling of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations such as Mannix, Managan, Managhan, Manahan, Manihan, O'Managhan, O'Manihan, Mangan and many more.

First found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mannix research. Another 206 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Mannix History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Mannix Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Mannix:

Mannix Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Geertje Mannix, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1642

Mannix Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Mannix, aged 35, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1840

Mannix Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Mannix, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork

Mannix Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Mannix, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Catherine Mannix, aged 21, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"

Mannix Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Mannix arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
  • John Mannix arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
  • Mary Mannix, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874
  • Margaret Mannix arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
  • John Mannix, aged 18, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876


  • Daniel Pratt Mannix IV (1911-1997), American author and journalist, best know for his 1967 novel The Fox and the Hound
  • Eddie Mannix (1891-1963), American film studio executive
  • Toni Mannix (1906-1983), American actress, dancer and wife of Eddie Mannix
  • Elizabeth A. Mannix, Cornell University professor
  • Kevin Mannix (b. 1949), American politician and 2008 candidate for Congress
  • Brian Mannix, Australian rock singer and actor
  • Daniel Mannix (1864-1963), Archbishop of Melbourne, eponym of Mannix College (Monash University)
  • David Mannix (b. 1985), English footballer
  • Simon Mannix (b. 1971), New Zealand rugby union footballer


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The Mannix Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mannix 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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