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

The name Mannon was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes 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.


Mannon has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Manning, Maning, Mannings and others.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mannon research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1630 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Mannon History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Mannon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Mannons to arrive on North American shores:

Mannon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Mannon, who settled in New England in 1721

Mannon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mick Mannon, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork

Mannon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Mannon, aged 19, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"
  • Patrick Mannon, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"
  • William Mannon, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"
  • Margaret Mannon, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"


  • James M. Mannon Ph.D., American author and Sociology professor at DePauw University in Indiana
  • Charles McFerson Mannon (b. 1876), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1916 (alternate), 1940


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

This page was last modified on 26 October 2015 at 11:03.

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