Show ContentsManwaring History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Manwaring reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Manwaring family lived in a place that in Anglo-Norman French was named Mesnil Warin, which means domain of Warin. The Mesnil-Garin's were a well-known Norman family. 1 The family name Manwaring was brought to England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats. The Normans frequently used the name of their estate in Normandy as part of their name. They also imported a vast number of Norman French personal names, which largely replaced traditional Old English personal names among the upper and middle classes.

Early Origins of the Manwaring family

The surname Manwaring was first found in Cheshire where "Randulphus de Mesniwarin, who accompanied William the Conqueror, and received from him Warmingham, Peover, and thirteen other lordships in Cheshire, together with one in Norfolk. His descendants spread into many branches in Cheshire, and into northern counties." 2 3

Sir William Dugdale stated "the name of this celebrated family has been spelt in the astonishing number of one hundred and thirty-five forms, in old records and more modern writings."

Also in Cheshire, Ashton was an ancient family seat. "The manor [of Ashton] was held in the reign of Edward I. by the Mainwaring family, from whom it descended by female heirs to the Veres and Trussells." 4

However some of the family were found south in Devon. "In the reign of Elizabeth the manor [of Sidmouth] was leased to Sir William Perryan, and in that of James I. to Sir Christopher Mainwaring; it was subsequently sold to Sir Edmond Prideaux, with the exception of the great tithes, which were given to Wadham College." 4

And another branch of the family was found at Baddiley in Cheshire. "Baddiley Hall, once the noble residence of the Mainwarings, is now a farmhouse." 4

Early History of the Manwaring family

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Manwaring Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Manwaring include Mainwaring, Maynwaring, Mannering and others.

Early Notables of the Manwaring family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Philip Mainwaring (1589-1661), Principal Secretary to the Lord Deputy of Ireland (1634) and English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1625 and 1661; Sir Thomas Mainwaring, 1st Baronet (1623-1689), Member of Parliament for Cheshire 1660; Sir John Mainwaring, 2nd Baronet (1656-1702), Member of Parliament for Cheshire 1689-1702; and Sir...
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Manwaring Ranking

In the United States, the name Manwaring is the 18,106th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 5

Ireland Migration of the Manwaring family to Ireland

Some of the Manwaring family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Manwaring migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Manwarings to arrive on North American shores:

Manwaring Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nathaniel Manwaring, who landed in New England in 1644 6
  • Parsons Manwaring, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 6

Canada Manwaring migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Manwaring Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Rd Manwaring, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. James Manwaring U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 7

Australia Manwaring migration to Australia +

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

Manwaring Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Manwaring, aged 46, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance" 8

New Zealand Manwaring 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:

Manwaring Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John C. Manwaring, aged 13, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Charlotte Manwaring, aged 34, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Manwaring (post 1700) +

  • George Manwaring (1854-1889), American hymnwriter of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Hyrum Manwaring (1877-1956), American president of Ricks College
  • Kirt Dean Manwaring (b. 1965), American former Major League Baseball catcher
  • Solomon Manwaring, American politician, Delegate to Indiana State Constitutional Convention, 1816 9
  • Selden B. Manwaring, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Waterford; Defeated, 1904; Elected 1906 9
  • Leverett A. Manwaring (1854-1931), American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Lebanon, 1908, 1910 9
  • H. Willis Manwaring, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Waterford, 1908 9
  • Christopher Manwaring, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from New London, 1821-22; Member of Connecticut State Senate at-large, 1823-24 9
  • Charles J. Manwaring (b. 1870), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Lyme, 1923-24 9
  • Robert Manwaring, English 18th century furniture designer and cabinet maker

HMS Cornwall
  • Percival Clive Wickham Manwaring, British Captain Chief Officer aboard the HMS Cornwall (1942) when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he was wounded during the sinking 10
HMS Royal Oak
  • William Richard Manwaring (1912-1939), British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking 11
  • Douglas Manwaring (1921-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking 11

The Manwaring 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: Devant si je puis
Motto Translation: Foremost if I can.

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