The original Gaelic form of O'Manion was O Mainnin.
, located on the west coast of the Island.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Manion research.Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early O'Manion History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of this period in their attempts to record these names in writing. Spelling variations
of the name O'Manion dating from that time include Mannion, O'Mannin, O'Mannion, Mannyan, Mennon and many more.
The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families
to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine
of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name O'Manion: Mary Mannon, who settled in New England
in 1721; as well as Edward, James, John and Patrick Manion, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..