First name origins & meanings:
- Old English: Man of the meadow
- English: From a field by a small river
First name variations: Manly, Manning, Manley, Manesfeld, Mans, Mansfeld
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: habitational name from a place in Nottinghamshire. The
early forms, from Domesday Book to the early 13th century, show the
first element uniformly as Mam-, and it is therefore likely
that this was a British hill-name meaning ‘breast’ (compare
Manchester), with the later addition of Old English feld
‘pasture’, ‘open country’ (see Field) as the second
element. The surname is now widespread throughout Midland and southern
England and is also common in Ireland.
- Irish: when not an
importation of 1, this is an altered form of the Norman name
Manville (see Mandeville).
- Americanized form of
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Mansfeld, a habitational name
for someone from a place so called in Saxony.
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