Mans History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished Austrian surname Mans 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 Mans family

The surname Mans 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 Mans family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mans 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 Mans History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mans Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Mans include Man, Manne, Manner, Maner, Maenner, Maener, Manns and others.

Early Notables of the Mans family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Mans were Horace Mann (1796-1859), who was an American educator and statesman. His writings, which influenced the secularization of public schools, hold a commanding...
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United States Mans migration to the United States +

After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Mans were

Mans Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Engeltje Mans, who arrived in New York, NY in 1639 [1]
  • Rowland Mans, who landed in Maryland in 1666-1750 [1]
Mans Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Philip Mans, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Michal Mans, aged 33, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Casper Mans, aged 20, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Nicholas Mans, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
  • Margretha Mans, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mans Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Enrique Mans, who landed in Nombre de Dios, Panama in 1836 [1]
  • Fredericke Mans, aged 16, who arrived in New York in 1864 [1]
  • Dorothea Mans, aged 49, who landed in New York in 1864 [1]
  • George Mans, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mans (post 1700) +

  • George W. Mans (1940-2017), American football player and coach and politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 23rd District
  • J. H. H. "Jan" Mans (1940-2021), Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA)


  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)


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