First name origins & meanings:
- Old English: Man of the meadow
- Old English: Son of the hero
First name variations: Manly, Mansfield, Manley, Mann, Man
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: patronymic from Mann 1 and 2.
- Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Mainnín
‘descendant of Mainnín’, probably an assimilated form of
Mainchín, a diminutive of manach ‘monk’. This is the
name of a chieftain family in Connacht. It is sometimes pronounced
Ó Maingín and Anglicized as Mangan.
- Anstice Manning, widow of Richard Manning of Dartmouth, England,
came to MA with her children in 1679. Her great-great-grandson Robert,
born at Salem, MA, in 1784, was the uncle and protector of author
Nathaniel Hawthorne. Another early bearer of the relatively common
British name was Jeffrey Manning, one of the earliest settlers in
Piscataway township, Middlesex Co., NJ. His great-grandson James
Manning (1738–91) was a founder and the first president of Rhode
Island College (Brown University).
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