Show ContentsManship History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Manship name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the parish of Minshull, which was located five miles from Nantwich in the county of Cheshire. This parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was known as Maneshale. [1]

Early Origins of the Manship family

The surname Manship was first found in Cheshire at Minshull Vernon. "The manor belonged anciently to the Vernons, from whom it passed to the family of Aldeton, sometimes called Oldington and Oulton; it was subsequently divided among the Starkies, Newtons, and Minshulls." [2]

Later some of the family were found at Alsager, again in Cheshire. "The manor [of Alsager] was at an early period in the possession of the Vernon family, and subsequently in that of the family of Minshull." [2]

Early History of the Manship family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manship research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1359, 1686, 1643, 1686, 1560, 1627, 1638, 1728, 1608, 1674 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Manship History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Manship Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Manship were recorded, including Minshull, Minshall, Minshaw, Mynshawe, Mynshewe and many more.

Early Notables of the Manship family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Richard Minshull or Minshall (died 1686), an English academic, Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (1643-1686); and John Minsheu (or Minshew) (1560-1627), English lexicographer who taught languages in London, his dictionary "Guide to Tongues" provides equivalents of eleven languages and is a valuable reference...
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United States Manship migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Manship family emigrate to North America:

Manship Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Manship, who arrived in Maryland in 1652-1654 [3]
  • Mary Manship, who arrived in Maryland in 1652 [3]
  • Rachel Manship, who landed in Maryland in 1652 [3]
  • Richard Manship, who arrived in Maryland in 1652-1654 [3]
  • Richard, Manship Jr., who arrived in Maryland in 1652 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Manship (post 1700) +

  • Jeffrey Michael "Jeff" Manship (b. 1985), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher for the Colorado Rockies
  • Paul Howard Manship (1885-1966), American sculptor, perhaps best known for his Aero Memorial in Logan Square, Philadelphia
  • Charles Henry Manship (1812-1895), American politician, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, during the American Civil War
  • Charles P. Manship, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1924 [4]
  • Tom Manship (b. 1987), English footballer
  • Deborah Manship (b. 1953), Welsh actress, best known for her roles in the television drama series Angels

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. 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)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook