McManaway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McManaway surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Mac Meanman," a patronymic surname, created from the personal (first) name Meanma, which means "spirited."

Early Origins of the McManaway family

The surname McManaway was first found in Tirconnell (Irish: Tír Chonaill) present day Donegal, located in Northwestn Ireland in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat as Chiefs in that territory. Irish history, after the Norman Conquest of England, was strongly influenced by the invasion of Strongbow in 1172. Many Irish clanns, sept names were intermixed and family groupings became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in Mayo and in Donegal at Letterkenny and Ballybofey. Still later they branched to Tyrone at Omagh Union.

Early History of the McManaway family

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McManaway Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: McNemanin, McManamon, McMenamy, McManaway, McManamin, McManamy, McMenamen, McMenemen, McMenimin and many more.

Early Notables of the McManaway family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand McManaway 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:

McManaway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Dalton McManaway, aged 39, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Anne McManaway, aged 32, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Ellen McManaway, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Mary McManaway, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Thomas McManaway, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849

Contemporary Notables of the name McManaway (post 1700) +

  • Aaron McManaway, American award winning angler from Altamont, Illinois


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