Manns History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished Austrian surname Manns is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

Early Origins of the Manns family

The surname Manns was first found in Styria, where the name could be considered to have made a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of modern Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses. They played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts in which each group sought power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

Early History of the Manns family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manns research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1627, 1760, 1769, 1796, 1848, and 1859 are included under the topic Early Manns History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Manns Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Man, Manne, Manner, Maner, Maenner, Maener, Manns and others.

Early Notables of the Manns family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Manns were Horace Mann (1796-1859), who was an American educator and statesman. His writings, which influenced the secularization of public schools, hold a commanding...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Manns Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Manns migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Manns Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joh Michael Manns, who landed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1756 [1]
  • John Manns, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1793 [1]
Manns Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nathl Manns, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Joh Manns, who landed in America in 1851 [1]
  • Joh, IV Manns, who arrived in America in 1854 [1]
  • Christian, V Manns, who arrived in America in 1867 [1]
  • Johannes Manns, who landed in Ohio in 1870 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Manns 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:

Manns Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Manns, aged 33, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Manns (post 1700) +

  • Linda Kay Manns (1965-2008), American model and beauty pageant holder, the first Miss Alaska Teen USA in 1983
  • Christopher Manns (b. 1980), American gold and bronze medalist ice sledge hockey player at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Paralympics
  • Horace Manns (1796-1859), American education reformer
  • Paul W. Manns (d. 1978), American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 28th District, 1976-78 [2]
  • Oscar Manns, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Butler County, 1950 [2]
  • Sir August Manns (1825-1907), German-born conductor who made his career in England working with Arthur Sullivan, Charles Villiers Stanford, Hubert Parry, Hamish MacCunn, Edward Elgar and Edward German
  • Thomas Manns (1875-1955), German novelist
  • Gustav Manns, German botanist
  • Patricio Manns (b. 1937), Chilean composer, author, poet, novelist, essayist
  • Thomas Manns (b. 1911), English footballer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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