Viking settlers in ancient Scotland
were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Mansen. It comes from the personal name Magnus,
which is derived from the Latin word magnus,
which means great.
This name was popular among the Norsemen and was borrowed in honor of Charlemagne
, who was known as Carolus Magnus
Early Origins of the Mansen family
The surname Mansen was first found in Caithness
(Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland
, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland.
Early History of the Mansen family
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Mansen Spelling Variations
Translation and spelling were non-standardized practices in the Middle Ages, so scribes had only their ears to rely on. This was a practice of extremely limited efficiency, and spelling variations
in names, even within a single document, were the result. Over the years, Mansen has appeared Manson, Manseon, Mansson, Mainson, Monson, Mansoun, Magnuson and many more.
Early Notables of the Mansen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mansen family to the New World and Oceana
The fertile east coast of what would become US and Canada was soon dotted with the farms of Scottish settlers. Some of them remained faithful to the crown and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others had the chance to pay back their old oppressors in the American War of Independence
. That brave spirit lives on today in the highland games that dot North America in the summer. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Mansen family came to North America quite early:
Mansen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Peter Mansen, who landed in Maryland in 1678 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Mansen (post 1700)
- James W. Mansen, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 12th District, 1900, 1903; Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 6th District, 1910 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Mansen 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: Meae menor originis
Motto Translation: Mindful of my origin.