Manton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Viking-Scottish name Manton is 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 Manton family

The surname Manton 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 Manton family

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Manton Spelling Variations

The spellings of Scottish names dating from the medieval era often bear little resemblance to those seen today. They vary enormously because scribes in that time spelled according to their ears. Some spelling variations of the name Manton include Manson, Manseon, Mansson, Mainson, Monson, Mansoun, Magnuson and many more.

Early Notables of the Manton family (pre 1700)

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United States Manton migration to the United States +

The farms of Scottish settlers soon dotted the east coast of the colonies that would become the nations of the United States and Canada. Many of those migrants and their children went on to play important roles in the founding the great nations of North America. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Manton or a variant listed above, including:

Manton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Manton, aged 30, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Pricilla Manton, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [1]
  • Sarah Manton, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [1]
  • Luke Manton, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [1]
Manton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Manton, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Nth Manton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
Manton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Manton, aged 24, who landed in New York, NY in 1855 [1]
  • Peter Manton, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1860 [1]

Australia Manton migration to Australia +

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

Manton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William H. Manton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1849 [2]
  • Robert Manton, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Hyderabad" [3]

New Zealand Manton 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:

Manton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Manton, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864

Contemporary Notables of the name Manton (post 1700) +

  • Thomas J. Manton (1932-2006), American Democratic congressman, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1993-1999)
  • Thomas J. Manton (1932-2006), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York, 1985-99; Presidential Elector for New York, 2000; Member of Democratic National Committee from New York, 2004 [4]
  • Martin Thomas Manton (1880-1946), American politician, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, 1916-18; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 1918-39 [4]
  • Edward Manton, American politician, Rhode Island Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1800 [4]
  • Charles Manton (b. 1868), American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 51st District, 1922; Candidate for New York State Assembly from Chautauqua County 2nd District, 1923 [4]
  • Benjamin Dyer Manton (1829-1911), American politician, U.S. Consul in Colonia, 1884, 1897-1906 [4]
  • Sidnie Milana Manton FRS (1902-1979), British entomologist
  • Irene Manton FRS (1904-1988), British botanist
  • Glenn Manton (b. 1973), former Australian rules footballer
  • Joseph Manton (1766-1835), British gunsmith, best known for his early development of what would become the modern artillery shell

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Ernest P Manton (b. 1912), English Cook (S) serving for the Royal Navy from Dover, Kent, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]


The Manton 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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARPLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Harpley.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 15th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Hyderabad 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/hyderabad1854.shtml.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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