Last name: Mann

Recorded as Man, Mann and the patronymics Manns and Manson, this is an English surname. It has several possible origins. The first being from the pre 7th century Anglo-Saxon and Old German word "mann" meaning man, and probably used as a nickname for a fierce or strong person or for a man as for some reason, contrasted with a boy. Alternatively the source could be from the pre 7th century English personal name "Mann", which was still in use in the 12th Century. Although the exact sense is not always clear, and varied by circumstances, it is generally accepted that the meaning ranges from friend, associate or foreman, to servant, but it also may be feudal and correspond to such a phrase as "homo Bainardi", the man of Bainard, one who owed Bainard service of some sort. Another possible origin is from the French province of Maine, as in Johannes de Mann of Yorkshire in the Poll Tax rolls of 1379. Early examples of the surname recording from church records include Robert Mann who married Avis Hankel at St. George the Martyr, Canterbury in 1577, and Daniell Manns a witness at St James, Clerkenwell, in 1720. The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of William Man. This was dated 1185 in the register of the Knights Templar, for the county of Yorkshire, during the reign of King Henry 11nd of England, 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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I am a Mann from Canada I'm looking for family. Or where I come from. I'm white, if that helps. Thick eyebrows, Hollywood nose


Also Mann from Canada, grandfather came from Northern Ireland. One brother lived in Montreal and the other in Toronto.


I am kin to the Mann's in the Richomond Va, Fork Union, and Mechanicsville Va. My family is buried in all three places with markers, names, businesses, and the like. I know my grandfather's name is James Mann Jr. and that he owned the Baltimore Brick Company in Richomond Va, and he was listed in the Jamestown Book for the history of Richmond Va. His family came from Washington DC and he lived with his sister Elizabeth Forbes Mann, she was married to James Skinner Forbes. James moved to Richmond Va to work in brick company, later owning the brick company called the Baltimore Brick Company. I have records to prove that, and want to see if I can locate any family members in Baltimore, Richmond Va., Fork Union, and Mechanicsville Va. My grandmother Linda White Mann is buried in Fork Union, Va and her mother Linda White Mann is buried in Mechanicsville Va. James Skinner Forbes Mann is my grand grandfather and he is buried in Mechanicsville Va, and his father James Mann Jr. is buried in the Hollywood Cemetary in Richmond Va. Does anyone have any information on this family? Contact me at the email address above to talk. Patricia Johnson Blackwell dad Thomas William Johnson Jr. grandmother Linda White Mann Johnson Ronna both parties are buried in Fork Union Va

keith mann jr

I am a mann as well looking to find oit more of my history

Kerry Mann
I have married into the Mann family and I am keen to get a crest / coat of arms for the family - can anyone let me know why there are so many to choose from (my maiden name only has one so never realised this problem!) there are three variations (so I can see) - three Goats, three Crowns or three lions on a shield with varying back ground colours red, white/black, yellow. - any suggestions or thought on this would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
Kerry Mann.

Claire-Michelle Mann
I live in Cambridgeshire , my family on my dad's side
Originate from Germany and I have ancestors from
The Germanic tribe the angles , but are also related to
The Robert Mann and William Man named above

My name is traced back to Hans Heinrich Mann born 1650/55 Mehlen, Germany. A "Grebe" who owned a "Meierei". (Some kind of farm). His descendants lived at Korbach. G. They were Lutherans. Around 1800 part went to Amsterdam, Holland. Also some went to VS and became Mormons. In Holland also live people with the name Mann who are jewish. And came from Germany.

The mann surname in ireland has developed in different ways.Historically most popular areas for it are in county limerick and county antrim,at opposite ends of the country from each other.The surname in Limerick is of irish origin and is believed to be a derivitive mahon and maughan,old irish names,however the mann name in antrim is of scottish origin

Jonathan Mann
Interesting! this fits with my research. I traced my Mann line back to late 1500s West Yorkshire (Bingley/Baildon Moor area) and they are recorded in that area back to 1300s poll tax records. I had always assumed they had Anglo-Saxon origins but recently had my yDNA tested for ancestry analysis. Turns out that I am descended from indigenous population of the British Isles, probably beaker people that originally settled in Britain and Ireland. Derivation of surname from irish origins (e.g. Mahon) would fit with this story.

Mark Mann
I'm from the US and my family name is Mann with earliest known ancestors in North America in coastal Virginia in early 1600's. We're pretty sure they came from England. I had my yDNA tested with results of T1.


Hello, My grandmother's name is Mann and they lived in Richomond Va and in Mechanicsville Va. My great grandfather was a brick company owner in Richmond and the name is common in that area. From my research they come from Scotland, but they were here from the early 1750 entering from Washington DC, then heading to Richomond Va. My great grandfather's sister was kin to James Skinner Forbes and he was working at the Baltimore Brick Company. My dad, his mother's family, her family and her parents are all buried in the state of Virginia. If you have any information about the Mann name, let me know or if you want information from me let me know.

Im an Australian "Mann" Great Great Granfather Johann Christian Mann emigrated from Prussia in 1846 - His hometown is now in Poland - so my line is German/Prussian/Polish

We were told my Manns came from Munich to escape persecution. The first one who came was a silversmith. He came to Bradford, Yorkshire, and the family later moved to Mixenden near Halifax. My grandfather told us that all the Manns in Mixenden were related. I assume he made that point as there are other Manns in the area who are not related and who have been here longer. I have searched and searched to find any record of one who came from Germany, let alone Munich, but had no success. Does this ring any bells with anyone?

Ryan Mann

I'm a Mann from Halifax myself, born and raised here. My father was originally from Bradford and also his father.

cher .v nee mann
Chinese migrants in Australia had that surname As well as Germans,Brits etc

james mann

I descend from a John Mann who came from Amoy China in the 1850s to australia. You are correct!

cher .v nee mann
Mann has many origins.German primarily.A page in the in Berlin. It is also Russian Jewish,Indian Pjabi,Chinese and a first name in Arabic for a boy.Michels belongs to 4 nations for example and can be Jewish as well.

this definition is nothing short of nonsense! Mann is not an English name, it has Scythian roots, It is a Scythian Jatt tribe of which are spread over all Europe, and Northern India. In the UK Jats or Jutes as the were called in England were heavily in the county of Kent which prior to England being united as a country was known and Jut land. And the people that lived herewere call Jutes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT YOU ARE SELLING ISA UTTER NONESENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

does anyone else hate it when people laugh at Ms. Mann

Emily Mann
Yes, I get it all the time.

Bethany Mann
yes everday. the doctor says Mr. mann to my dad and this grown lady laughs at me

Hello, Always lots of interest in my family history an in tracing same we are rooted in Devon, England. I have family names an dates back to the early 16th century, mostly around Kenn, Devon. Noted some of the earlier variation of the name was"Man." Dave Mann

Doreen mann
i am tracing the Mann surname ,i have relatives also from the Devon erea,would love to hear from you to compare notes.

Mark Mann
Likewise here. Looking to make the connection from coastal Virginia in early 1600's back to England. Would like to hear from either/both of you to compare info.

Made mann

My surname is Mann n I'm Indian Punjabi jatt, love to know more about our vast family surname, not many surnames stretch from one culture to another bit ours does, shows the strength n power our surname holds, please contact me

so if my last names mann does that mean i'm german ?

James Mann
What a lot of Mann's we have here! I am fairly sure my Mann name is German although as far as I have traced back our routes lie in Britain spanning the south coast of England.

Hello, all! My Mann name is Scottish. Anyone in here related to Manns that settled in South Dakota after they made the big trip to America?

Julie Astra Mann
Hi group of Manns can trace their ancestory back to the late 1600s to Hans Mann. His son Jerg (George) Bernhart Mann came to Philly, PA with family, eventually the Manns made their way through Lancaster, then down the Shenandoah and into WV (Monroe Co) where many of them reside and enjoy geneology. You can find the history of these Manns online. But, I haven't found any info on Hans Mann other than he was a smith. I wondered whether he or his ancestors may have been of Jewish background. While in the Shenandoah, the Manns were Lutheran and in WV many became and are Primitive Baptists. Any information would be greatly appreciated and some of you might be connected with this group.

Martha Mann Perkins

Julie Astra Mann, I am a direct descendent of George Bernhardt Mann. I have been researching the Mann family now for eight years, and someday will write a summary of what I have learned. The Mann story is a very interesting one.

Cleveland Mann
Shalom, Suze... Thanks for the reply.. My cousin's husband has done much research on the Mann family... I recently spoke to him and he is sending me the info he has found.. I will be most happy to share.. Actually, I am trying to trace my lineage back to its Hebraic roots.. Thanks much. Cleveland

My maiden name was Mann and I was always told the name was German/Jewish/Scottish.My late Grandfathers family were in Norfolk, as far as I know, but we came from Surrey.

Hi Suze I am tracing my husband's mother's line (Mann) and they too are Norfolk and Surrey.. in fact my husband was born in Chertsey. I wonder if there's a connection? Suzan (LOL about our name too)

My great grandfather was Mann and lived in Weybridge until he died.

Cleveland Mann
Shalom, Jane.. Interesting... My cousin's husband has also traced the our name, Mann, back to the 14 hundreds... also to Germany... I would be interested in what you have found. Thanks.. Cleveland

my nane is Mann i traced the mann name back to 14 hundreds.Mann name is German

Cleveland R. Mann
Let's see... I'm Cleveland Roebuck Mann Father's name was Carleton Foote Mann, born 1912 in Boothbay, Maine His fathers name was Abram or Abraham Mann, born 1849 or 1850 in Barre, Vermont His father was Abram Mann, born 1800 in Keene, New Hampshire Some where back there, there were three brothers who landed somewhere in New England from the old country.. One brother went west, one stayed in Vermont area, and the other brother went to the central part of the country.. Hope this helps..

m. mann
my name is m. mann and my grand mother said we were scoth irish and devlish

jacqueline tame
my name was jacqueline Mann my great great grand parents were fron london in the jewish area and were tailors but we are not jewish so the mistery continues

Christi Mann Taylor
alot of Mann were in the military . I know Thomas Mann and his wife Caroline moved with their children to New Zealand in early 1800s on commission assignment and stayed, in Delhi could be a similar situation. Mann has STRONG Native American ancestry from being forced to reservations in Kansas , Arkansas to Oklahoma eventually some chose to stay on reservations and others left to live elsewhere alot stayed close in the south l;ike texas, New Mexico or up in Montana, Dakota territories, the lone Clay tells me that was a Native name. I too am a Mann in Ohio with ancestry as Chief Red Cloud, Leather lips, Thomas Mann was married to a Mahala Red Cloud and Peter Cornstalk Mann was married to a Ounoconoa Moyotoy II both of which had additional wives as well. hope this helps

J S Mann
Hi I'm J S Mann from Delhi & looking for origin of Mann's in Delhi & in fact in India. Best wishes Js Mann

Pamela Mann Pastura
@Angelica - My maiden name is Mann. My grandpa Mann always said that the name was german scot english in origin (in that order). Oddly enough? His father was a Texas cattle rancher. Wonder if we're kin to Chelsea Bryan? (Great-grandpa's name was Lone Clay Mann, Grandpa's was Olin Clay Mann and my father's was Naylon Cain Mann)

Maninder Mann
hi all, Well am also Mann but am from basically from North India but living here in NZ, and i have been searching for my surname origin but no luck, and quite amazing thing is that my first name is Maninder and heard about there were some greek king names as King Menander , other kings are Alexander , so is this name derived from there .. or is it totally different.. thanks

Maninder, You're a Sikh Punjabi Mann. Mann last name is also found among Sikhs and Hindu Jats. Please know your roots.

i have been told mann is german english scotish even vickings what should i beleive A.Mann

chelsea bryan
My great-great grandfather, Charles Mann (of Denver, CO) was a South Park Cattle Rancher. He was the President of the Denver Stock Yards. Interesting!

Sweet, so I'm a Viking, then! -M. Mann