Manning Surname Genealogy

surname in England is thought to have derived from the old Norse
word manningi, meaning “brave” or
“valiant.”  However, an early Manning family in
instead that their name had
come from the German place-name of Mannheim in Saxony.  
In Ireland the Gaelic surname of O’Mannin often
anglicized to Manning.
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Manning Ancestry

Manning name had appeared in different forms in two main places in
England by the 13th century – in Kent in the southeast and in the
counties of
Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Lincolnshire in East Anglia.

Kent.  The first record of these
Mannings was
Stephen de Manning who was mentioned in deeds in Kent during the late
century.  They came in possession of
Downe Court during Tudor times.  Henry
Manning held a position at court as Marshal of the King’s Household
from the
reign of Henry VIII to that of Elizabeth.

A line of these Mannings moved to Greenwich
near London in the late 16th century.
Other Mannings remained at Kevington nearby until the 1750’s.

One descendant William Coventry Manning was a London West India merchant
and a planter in
St Kitts during the 18th century.  He
made his home at Copped Hall near Totteridge in Hertfordshire:

  • his son William,
    who joined his father’s firm in 1791, served as Governor of the Bank of
    in the early 1800’s and was an MP for more than thirty years.
  • his grandson
    ordained as an Anglican clergyman, became a
    leader of the Oxford Movement.  He was
    appointed the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster in 1865.

.  The name appeared in early times as Maninge
or Mannyng:

  • Henry
    Maninge appeared in the Hundred rolls of landowners in
    Cambridgeshire in 1273.
  • Robert
    Mannyng from Bourne in Lincolnshire was a
    Gilbertine monk at St. Edmund’s priory in Cambridge in the early 1300’s.  His history chronicle, Mannyng’s
    , was completed sometime in the 1330’s.
  • John
    Manning from Great Ellingham in Norfolk was mayor of Norwich in 1413.
  • while
    the will of John Maninge was recorded at Swaffham in Cambridgeshire in

Manning name had by this time spread southward to Suffolk, Essex and
London.  In the late 19th century the
largest number of Mannings were in London, followed by Suffolk and then

Manning name was first recorded in the village of Orlingbury in
Northamptonshire in 1673.   Owen
born there in 1721, was a clergyman and antiquarian who moved to Surrey
and came to be known as the historian of Surrey.

Ireland.  Manning
is the English version of a Galway family who were formerly chiefs of
Sodhan, a
district co-extensive with the barony of Tiaquin.  They
were a pre-Gaelic Sodhan race with roots
similar to the Picts of eastern Scotland.

O’Mainnín, the king of Sodhan, was mentioned in the Chronicon
as early as the year 1135.  The
O’Mainnins continued to form a distinct
clan until the early 1600’s, their chief residing at Menlough castle in
Killascobe parish. They lost their
estates at the time of Cromwell, had some of them restored during the
Restoration, but then lost everything when James II was defeated in

many of these O’Mainnins
became Mannion or Manning.  These names
from Galway into Roscommon. The name of Dennis O’Mainnin
from Kilbride in Roscommon was anglicized to Dennis Manning when he joined
or was press-ganged into the British navy in 1825.

Manning in
Ireland can also be an English implant, mostly found in Dublin and Cork.
Thomas Manning held the Rockfield estate in Dublin in the mid 18th
century.  A Manning family in the Dunmanway area of Cork dates
the early 1800’s.

came to both New England and Virginia in the 1630’s.

New England.  The earliest
Manning in America was probably
William Manning from Essex who came to Boston in 1634.
His son William was one of the founders of
Harvard College in the 1670’s.  It was
his son Samuel who acquired some 225 acres at Billerica wherehe built
family homestead, Manning Manse, in
1696.  Over the next hundred years or so,
Manning descendants had spread to Vermont, Connecticut, New York, and

Manning Manse deteriorated during the
19th century until it was acquired and restored by a Manning
William H. Manning, in 1902.  William H.
Manning was also the author of the 1902 book Manning
Families of New England
At that time it was estimated that there were some 4,000
descendants of
the original William Manning.

early Manning was Captain John Manning, a soldier in the British army,
who had
arrived in Boston in 1656. Eight years
later he was Commander at Fort Albany after the British had taken it
over from
the Dutch.  His Government granted him
the island adjacent to Manhattan in the East river now known as FDR
Island (it
was once called Manning’s island).  His
descendants settled in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Virginia.  John Manning
from Cambridgeshire came to Virginia in 1635 at the age of 20 with his
Thomas on the Globe from London.  John
and his wife Lydia made their home on
the eastern branch of the Elizabeth river in Norfolk county.

A line through Moses Manning moved south to
South Carolina and had received land grants in Georgia by the year 1800.  One
line from Moses extended to Drew, a small town in Mississippi where
Manning grew up in the 1950’s.  He became
a famous NFL quarterback; as were his two sons Peyton and Eli.  The family story was recounted in
2013 documentary The
Book of Manning

Irish arrivalsLaurence
came from Killarney to Pennsylvania and fought on the
American side
with General Lee’s Legion Infantry during the Revolutionary War.  His son Richard I. Manning, grandson John L.
and great grandson Richard I. Manning III all became Governors of South
Carolina.  John and his wife Susan had
their Millford plantation near Pinewood built in 1839.
The house survived destruction during the
Civil War and is now a National Historic Landmark.

Most Mannings from Ireland
arrived during the 19th century.  Among them were:

  • Michael
    and Elizabeth Manning from Cork who came in 1844 and settled in upstate
    New York, later moving onto Illinois and then Arkansas.
  • Patrick
    Manning from Galway who came to the Carolinas in 1849 and fought with
    the Confederacy in the Civil War.
  • and
    George and Bridget Manning from the Aran islands in Galway who came to
    Boston in the 1850’s.

Canada.  Peter Manning with
his wife Nancy and large
family came from Ireland via Philadelphia to Nova Scotia in 1770.  Six years later Peter was tried, convicted,
and hanged for murdering a neighbor.  His
third son Edward had a wild unruly childhood before, after a “Great
becoming a Baptist preacher of much force and persuasion.

arrived much later, in 1896, and from England.  His
son Ernest
, born and raised in a small farm on the Canadian
Prairies, rose to be the
long-serving Premier of Alberta – from 1943 to 1968.
Apparently it was the evangelical broadcasts
of future Premier William Aberhart which inspired him to follow that
path.  Ernest’s son Preston was the founder
leader of the Canadian Reform Party.

Australia.  John Manning, a baker, and
his wife Margaret were Irish immigrants from county Cork who came to
Darlinghurst, NSW in the 1840’s.  Their
son William prospered in finance in Sydney where he became mayor in
1891 and
was later knighted.

Henry Manning, a London builder, was in 1840 an early
landowner in the Swan river colony in Western Australia.
He in fact had designed the pre-fabricated
Manning timber cottages that were used by the first
settlers.  His younger brother Charles
came out to manage the estates in the early 1850’s.
John Daniel Manning came about this time too
and was a dairy farmer in the area.
Their name has been perpetuated in Manning, now a suburb of Perth.

Manning Miscellany

If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

Manning Names

the author of Mannyng’s Chronicle, an early English
history, in 1338.

was the first Englishman to enter the forbidden city of Lhasa in Tibet
in 1811
Cardinal Henry Manning
was a leading Anglican figure of the Oxford Movement in early Victorian
who later converted to Catholicism.  He
became the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster in 1865.
Archie Manning
was a star American NFL quarterback in the 1970’s
and 1980’s and father of two star quarterbacks, Peyton and Eli Manning.

Patrick Manning
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago for thirteen years between 1991
and 2010

Select Mannings Today

  • 20,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in London)
  • 28,000 in America (most numerous in Florida)
  • 18,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)




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