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This page give you some information about the history of the Manning family.


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Manning is the 362nd most popular last name (surname) in the United States; its frequency is 0.030%. (Source U.S. Census Bureau, 1990)


The History

In researching the Manning family one can find several different spellings, different branches of the family and different explanations to the origins of the name.
Some that seem to make the most sense are as follows: 

  1. There is an old and well-founded tradition that all the MANNINGS in the whole world are descended from the 37th King of Ulster, Ireland. This King was very wealthy and was, therefore, called the "Maoin", which means riches, wealth. The Clan of Maoin was as numerous as the sands on the seashore. Saint Patrick converted them to the Catholic Faith himself. 
    Sometime between the tenth and thirteenth centuries many of the Maoins crossed the English Channel and settled in Southern England on the Kentish Coast and, according to English Law, they were forced to give their name an English form. They chose Manning. Some of them, dazzled by English gold, gave up their faith and soon advanced to a high position in the English Nobility. Some others chose the name Mannion.
     
  2. The surname Manning is in fact of English patronymic origin, being one of those names derived from the first name of a father. In this case it is derived from the old English personal name Manning and simply denotes 'son of Manning', while Manning itself may derive from the old Norse name Menning, meaning 'able', or the old English word 'mann', a servant, hence the son of the servant.
    Early recorded English instances of the name includes a reference to one Mannicus in the Domesday Book of 1086 and Algarus Manningestepsune in 1130, mentioned in Ekwall's "Early London Personal Names". Seaman Lilius Manning appears in the Pipe Rolls for Essex in 1181 and Ainulf Manning in the Pipe Rolls for Kent in 1190.
    The surname Manning is on the record in Ireland from the seventeenth century and is most numerous today in the counties Cork and Dublin. It is interesting to note that while it is essentially an English surname, Manning has occasionally been used as a synonym of the Gaelic surname O'Mannin and that, for example, Cornet John Manning of O'Neill's dragons in King James II's Irish army, was an O'Mannin.
     
  3. Manning is from an old Norse word - manningi - meaning a brave or valiant man; and one of the first forms of the name was Mannin; another cartography was Mannygn.
     
  4. One historian gives Saxony as the origin for the family, which he calls "ancient and noble". According to him, Maning was the name of a town in Saxony, whence they came to England before the Conquest (1066).
    Once arrived in England they settled in the south of England. They were at Culmstock, Yarcombe, St Saviours, Dartmouth, and George, all in Devon, Winchester in Hampshire, Essex, Suffolk, and about 1235 at Bettreds Castle Kent and moved up to Norwich and Norhampshire. There were no Mannings in County Wicklow's Hearth (Ireland) Money Roll in 1669. The Manning family were in Rathdrum (Ireland) by at least 1707. The Mannings were gentry, capitalists, making their money through cattle farming, by linking rural production and urban consumption and by subleasing lands.
     
  5. Other historians make Mannheim, Germany, the cradle of the family, and begin its history with Ranulph, or Rudolph de Manning, Court Palatine, who, having married Elgida, aunt to King Harold I of England, had a grant of land in Kent, England. His name is also written de Mannheim - Rudolph de Mannheim. His place in Kent was Downe Court, and there the Mannings have been a power ever since. Simon de Manning, a grandson of Rudolph, was the first of the English barons to take up the cross and go forth to the Holy Wars. He was a companion of King Richard, Couer de Lion, and was knighted on the battlefield. We can easily see where the cross of the coat of arms comes from. At Downe Court these arms are seen graven upon tombstones of the Mannings. By the thirteenth century the family was well represented in over a score of countries and several towns bear their name - Manningham, Yorkshire, and Mannington, Norfolk.
    This line of the Mannings can be followed in the Mannings of Downe, Kent listing. As this version of the family is centered around Kent, England I am including this copy of an old map of Kent. Unfortunately I do not know the date of the map, can anyone help? Click on the map to enlarge it. 


     
  6. The name Manning originates from the Isle of Mann. Specifically 14th century worshippers of the sometime diety Mannanan. It's translation at the time was "Son of the Sea God." 

If anyone else have got any other stories about our family name do let me know and I will add it to the list.


Family Crests

So far I have found the following versions of the Manning family crest.

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This version is from an American Manning book from the 1950s sent to me by Scott A. Manning.
The Quote "PER ARDUA STAVILLS" means "Firm through difficulties" or "Steady through trails".

Manning family crest

This version is officially documented in 'Burke's General Armory'. It has the following description:
"GU. A CROSS PATONCE BETW. FOUR TREFOILS SLIPPED OR."

Manning family crest

This version was sent to me by Charles Manning from Australia, thank you.

Manning family crest

This version is documented in 'The Visitation Of Kent, 1619'. It has the following description:
"Arms.-Quarterly of ten:
  1, Gules, a cross patonce between four cinquefoils or;
  2, Argent, a bend azure, cottised sable;
  3, [Gules,3] a cross sable [argent3] between twelve crosses-crosslet fitchee [argent3];
  4, Argent, two bends engrailed and a canton sable;
  5, Argent, three escallops [azure1], two and one;
  6, Azure, three round buckles or, two and one, points upwards;
  7, [Argent,l] a fesse engrailed between three eseallops sable;
  8, Argent three martlets [Cornish choughs1], two and one, sable;
  9, Ermine, a fesse chequy or and azure [a mullet for diference5];
  10, Sable; a bend ermine.
CREST.-Out of a ducal coronet or an eagle's head sable between two ostrich feathers argent."

Manning family crest

Here is a completely different version of the family crest sent to me by Frank Manning from Vernon, thanks.

Manning family crest

The Mannings from Ireland have a completely different crest.

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This version of the Irish crest was sent to me by Carol Manning, thank you.

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If anyone has got any other pictures of the Manning family crests I would love to receive a copy of them.

If you want a wood carved family crest, you might like to contact Nopradol Khamlae at www.shopart.com. He seems to do some lovely work.

If you want to buy objects with the Manning Family crest there is a good choice on this Website: http://coadb.com/index.php?search=manning.


Family Mottos

Esse Quam videri
Translation: To be rather than to seem 

Per Ardua Stabilis
Translation: Steadfast through troubles