Show ContentsManor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Manor reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Manor family lived in Mesnieres a small village in France near Roen and was "granted probably temp. Rollo (c. 846-c.932) to Mainer, a Viking ancestor. It was held as half a knight's fee temp. Philip Augustus by the Abbey of Lyre. The family of Mesnieres long continued in Normandy, Ralph and Roger de Mesieres being mentioned 1198 and William de Mesieres in 1232, whose descendants continued to be of consequence till c. 1400 when the male line ceased." [1] Another source confirms the probably Norman ancestry: "From Menoir, and that from the Latin Manere, to stay or to abide. Lands granted to some military man or Baron by the king, a custom brought in by the Normans." [2]

Early Origins of the Manor family

The surname Manor was first found in Northumberland where Sir Robert Manners was one of the first on record, when he held land in Northumberland in 1165, and it is suggested that the village Mannor near Lanchester in neighboring Durham was named from the family. "According to Camden and other antiquaries, this noble family had their denomination from the village of Mannor, near Lanchester, co. Durham. They were certainly influential in the northern counties, and Collins traces the name to a William de Manner, who flourished temp. William Rufus. The pedigree is deduced by him from Sir Robert de Manners, lord of Etal in Northumberland, several generations anterior to the reign of Henry III." [3] The first Sir Robert de Manners born (c. 1038) was probably born in Ethdale, Northumberland. He is the progenitor of a long list of sons with the same name.

Early History of the Manor family

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Manor Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Manor family name include Manners, Maners, Manner and others.

Early Notables of the Manor family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Manners (c.1488-1543), son of the 12th Baron de Ros of Hamlake, who was created Earl of Rutland in 1525 - this was the second creation of this title, which has remained with the Manners, ever since; John Manners (c.1559-1588), the 4th Earl of Rutland and...
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Manor Ranking

In the United States, the name Manor is the 6,907th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [4]

United States Manor migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Manor family to immigrate North America:

Manor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Manor, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [5]
Manor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Manor, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1873 [5]
  • Henry Manor, aged 26, who immigrated to America from Liverpool, in 1892
  • Antonio Manor, aged 11, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Matey Manor, aged 51, who settled in America, in 1896
Manor Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Maggie Manor, aged 22, who landed in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1908
  • John Manor, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1913
  • Thomas Manor, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1919
  • James Manor, who landed in America, in 1919

Canada Manor migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Manor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Manor, aged 35 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Bridgetown" departing 3rd July 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 29th August 1847 but he died on board [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Manor (post 1700) +

  • Brison A. Manor Jr (1952-2023), American NFL football defensive end who played eight seasons for the Denver Broncos, from 1977 to 1984, before appearing in six games with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, later in 1984
  • Leroy Joseph Manor (1921-2021), United States Air Force Lieutenant General, best known as task force commander of Operation Ivory Coast
  • John Manor (1829-1888), American politician, Mayor of Toledo, Ohio, 1861-63 [7]
  • F. Manor, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 3rd District, 1961 [7]

The Manor 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: Pour y parvenir
Motto Translation: To accomplish it

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  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 85)
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from on Facebook