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There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Manus originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Maghnuis, which means son of Manus. The personal name Manus, imported into Ireland by the Norse, is ultimately derived from the Latin forename Magnus.

Manus Early Origins



The surname Manus was first found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Manus Spelling Variations


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Manus Spelling Variations



Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Manus were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. MacManus, MacManners, McManus, Manus and others.

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Manus Early History


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Manus Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manus research. Another 404 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1181 are included under the topic Early Manus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Manus Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Manus Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Manus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Manus family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Manus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Manus, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Mary Manus, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Pat Manus, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Bernard Manus, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Michael Manus, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Manus Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Louis Manus, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1903

Manus Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Manus, a blacksmith, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832

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Contemporary Notables of the name Manus (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Manus (post 1700)



  • Sam Manus, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1952
  • Albert H. Manus Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 16th District, 1948; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1952, 1956

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    5. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Manus Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Manus Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 27 February 2016 at 10:01.

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