Manson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the name Manson come from the Viking settlers of ancient Scotland. The name was derived 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 in Latin.

Early Origins of the Manson family

The surname Manson 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 Manson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manson research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1450, 1658, 1620 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Manson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Manson Spelling Variations

Medieval scribes most often spelled names by the way they sounded. spelling variations, are thus, very common in records dating from that time. Over the years, Manson has been spelled Manson, Manseon, Mansson, Mainson, Monson, Mansoun, Magnuson and many more.

Early Notables of the Manson family (pre 1700)

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United States Manson migration to the United States +

The Scottish settlers spread out along the fertile land of the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. They and many of their children went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. That heritage has been recovered by many in this century through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Archival documents indicate that members of the Manson family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Manson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomazin Manson, aged 14, who arrived in New England in 1635 [1]
  • Luke Manson, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Peter Manson, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [1]
  • William Manson, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [1]
Manson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Manson, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1775 [1]
  • Thomas Manson, aged 16, who landed in Georgia in 1775 [1]
  • Margaret Manson, aged 26, who landed in Georgia in 1775 [1]
  • Barbara, Elizabeth and her mother Elizabeth, Janet, Margaret, and Thomas Manson all, who settled in Georgia in 1775
  • Barbara Manson, aged 23, who arrived in Georgia in 1775 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Manson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Manson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • Andrew Manson, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1820 [1]
  • Jose Manson, aged 18, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1827 [1]
  • Daniel Manson, who landed in New York, NY in 1842 [1]
  • Louis Manson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Manson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Manson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. David Manson, Scottish convict who was convicted in Inverness, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Mr. David Manson, Scottish carpenter who was convicted in Inverness, Scotland for 7 years for assault, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Joseph Manson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [3]
  • Joseph Manson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Louisa Baillie" in 1849 [4]
  • Miss. Elizabeth Manson, (Handley), Scottish convict who was convicted in Perth, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baretto Junior" on 5th April 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Manson 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:

Manson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Magnus Manson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Magnus Manson, aged 51, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Tamer Manson, aged 29, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • James Manson, aged 26, a cooper, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Magnus Manson, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Manson (post 1700) +

  • Marilyn Manson (b. 1969), stage name of Brian Hugh Warner, American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist
  • David Manson (b. 1952), American Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning film and television producer, screenwriter and director, known for his work on House of Cards (2013)
  • David Manson Sr. (1753-1836), American patriot who fought in the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, an aide to General George Washington
  • Pat Manson (b. 1967), retired American pole vaulter, best known for winning three gold medals at the Pan American Games
  • Kathleen Manson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 2004 (alternate), 2008 [6]
  • James A. Manson, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly, 1904, 1933; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 32nd District, 1923, 1928, 1928, 1930, 1932 [6]
  • Hiram S. Manson, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Allegan, Michigan, 1871 [6]
  • Herbert H. Manson, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Marathon County 2nd District, 1902 [6]
  • Harry Manson, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 5th District, 1935 [6]
  • C. F. Manson (b. 1885), American Republican politician, Elected South Dakota State Senate 26th District 1946, but never took office [6]
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Manson 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.


  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. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 23rd August 2020, Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The LOUISA BAILLIE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849LouisaBaillie.htm
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baretto-junior
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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