Manswer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Manswer surname is generally thought to have come from the male personal name Manasseh, which is ultimately from the Hebrew Menashe meaning "one who causes to forget." Some instances of the surname may have occupational roots, coming from Anglo-Norman French word "mance," meaning "handle," and used as a name for someone who made handles for tools or implements. 
Early Origins of the Manswer family
The surname Manswer was first found in Westmorland at Mansergh, a chapelry, in the parish of KirkbyLonsdale, union of Kendal, Lonsdale ward.  Some of the first records of the family include Thomas de Mansergh, temp. 12 Edward II., and John de Mansergh, 7 Richard II.  Many years later, The Lancashire Wills at Richmond list: Thomas Manser, or Mansergh, of Burton, 1580; George Mansergh, 1573 and Elizabeth Manzer, of Barwicke, 1608. As a personal name the first listings were Manasserus de Danmartin who was listed in Suffolk in 1166; Maserus filius Joi who was found in the Pipe Rolls of Lincolnshire in 1186; and Maneserus Judeus, also listed in the Pipe Rolls of Lincolnshire in 1191. "There can be little doubt that this must be the Hebrew Manasseh 'one who causes to forget,' used undoubtedly of Jews."  Walter Manser was listed in the Liber Feodorum in Suffolk in 1250 and Alan Mauncer was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. Later John Maunser was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Essex in 1327. "The Domesday Book tenant-in-chief Manasses was presumably a Norman."  The name continued to flourish in Normandy after the Conquest as evidenced by Richard Manesier who was listed there in 1198. 
Early History of the Manswer family
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Manswer Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Manswer include Manserg, Mansergh, Mansbergh, Manser, Mansur, Mansurg, Mansurgh and many more.
Early Notables of the Manswer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Manswer family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Manswer were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Tho Manser, who came to Virginia in 1653; John Manser, who came to Maryland in 1680; Allen Manser, who arrived in America in 1745; James Manser, who was deported to America in 1761.
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The Manswer 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: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I have hope.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)