Manuel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In Spain, the earliest forms of hereditary surnames were patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Similar to many Spanish patronymic names, the distinguished surname Manuel is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry having derived from the Hebrew personal name Imanuel, which means God is with us.

Early Origins of the Manuel family

The surname Manuel was first found in Castile, one of the most important Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.

Early History of the Manuel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manuel research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1282 and 1349 are included under the topic Early Manuel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Manuel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Manuel, Manueles and others.

Early Notables of the Manuel family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Manuel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Manuel World Ranking

In the United States, the name Manuel is the 1,198th most popular surname with an estimated 24,870 people with that name. [1] However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Manuel is ranked the 204th most popular surname with an estimated 205 people with that name. [2] And in France, the name Manuel is the 2,572nd popular surname with an estimated 2,500 - 3,000 people with that name. [3] South Africa ranks Manuel as 552nd with 12,589 people. [4]


United States Manuel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Manuel Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Juan Manuel, who sailed to Florida in 1563
  • Inés Manuel, who sailed to Peru in 1576
  • Luis Manuel, who sailed to Peru in 1592
Manuel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joaquin Manuel, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803 [5]
  • David Manuel, aged 46, who arrived in New York in 1812 [5]
  • John Manuel, who landed in New York in 1822 [5]
  • Jarora Manuel, aged 22, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1825 [5]
  • Juan De Manuel, aged 38, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Manuel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. William T. Manuel, (b. 1875), aged 30, Cornish miner, from Camborne, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York in 1905 en route to Red Jacket, Michigan, USA [6]

Australia Manuel migration to Australia +

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

Manuel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Manuel, English convict who was convicted in Southampton, Hampshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 20th August 1830, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Elisha Manuel, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848 [8]
  • Thomas Manuel, aged 23, a blacksmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima" [9]
  • Jacob Manuel, aged 35, a blacksmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
  • Mr. William Manuel, (b. 1834), aged 21, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Truro" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 1st June 1855 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Manuel 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:

Manuel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Manuel, Irish settler travelling from Cork aboard the ship "Spirit of Trade" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 4th December 1858 [11]

West Indies Manuel migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [12]
Manuel Settlers in West Indies in the 16th Century
  • Diego Manuel, who sailed to Dominican Republic in 1535
Manuel Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Diego Manuel, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1835 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Manuel (post 1700) +

  • Charles Fuqua Manuel Jr. (b. 1944), former American Major League Baseball player
  • Robert Mehmet Manuel (b. 1983), American professional baseball relief pitcher
  • Sam Manuel, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Delegate to U.S. Congress from the District of Columbia, 1992, 1996, 2000; Socialist Workers Candidate for Mayor of Washington, District of Columbia, 1998 [13]
  • Lawrence R. Manuel, American politician, Representative from California 8th District, 1986 [13]
  • James M. Manuel, American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives from Montgomery County; Elected 1897 [13]
  • Herman E. Manuel, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1901-02 [13]
  • Edward Manuel, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 2000 [13]
  • E. Pat Manuel, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1988 [13]
  • Charles Manuel (1930-2000), American politician, Member of Montana State House of Representatives, 1973-89 [13]
  • Amy Manuel, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008 [13]
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Ellen  Manuel (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [14]
  • Mr. Albert  Manuel (1878-1917), Canadian Stevedore employee at the Canadian Pacific Railway from Black Point, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [14]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  3. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  4. ^ https://forebears.io/south-africa/surnames
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Constance.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque FATIMA 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Fatima.htm
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  13. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  14. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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