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.


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
  • Diego Manuel, who sailed to Dominican Republic in 1535
  • 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 [1]
  • David Manuel, aged 46, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • John Manuel, who landed in New York in 1822 [1]
  • Jarora Manuel, aged 22, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1825 [1]
  • Charles Manuel, aged 35, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • Elisha Manuel, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848 [2]
  • Thomas Manuel, aged 23, a blacksmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima" [3]
  • 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 [4]
  • Mr. Charles Manuel, (b. 1833), aged 22, Cornish carpenter, from Truro, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Rajastan" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th January 1855 [5]
  • ... (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 [6]

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 [7]
  • Lawrence R. Manuel, American politician, Representative from California 8th District, 1986 [7]
  • James M. Manuel, American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives from Montgomery County; Elected 1897 [7]
  • Herman E. Manuel, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1901-02 [7]
  • Edward Manuel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 2000 [7]
  • E. Pat Manuel, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1988 [7]
  • Charles Manuel (1930-2000), American politician, Member of Montana State House of Representatives, 1973-89 [7]
  • Amy Manuel, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008 [7]
  • ... (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 [8]
  • Mr. Albert  Manuel (1878-1917), Canadian Stevedore employee at the Canadian Pacific Railway from Black Point, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]


  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) CONSTANCE - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Constance.htm
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ 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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