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McManis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. McManis 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.

Early Origins of the McManis family

The surname McManis 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.

Early History of the McManis family

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McManis Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name McManis dating from that time include MacManus, MacManners, McManus, Manus and others.

Early Notables of the McManis family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McManis family to the New World and Oceana

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name McManis or a variant listed above, including:

McManis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Eliza McManis, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1902
  • Mary McManis, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Antrim, in 1906
  • Annie McManis, aged 45, who settled in America from Derrylester, Ireland, in 1910
  • Richard McManis, aged 42, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1919
  • Thomas J. McManis, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1919
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McManis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John McManis, aged 19, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name McManis (post 1700)

  • Sherrick Terravis McManis (b. 1987), American NFL football cornerback
  • Charles W. McManis (1913-2004), American organbuilder, charter member of the Organ Historical Society

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