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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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?

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, 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

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

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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.

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Chinese migrants in Australia had that surname As well as Germans,Brits etc

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?

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

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

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.

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

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.


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


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

I'm thinking about changing to back to original spelling Petermann