The surname Manning is of Irish origin. It is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name O’Mannin, ‘descendant of Mainnin’. The O’Mainnin sept (a collective term describing a group of persons who bore a common surname and inhabited the same locality) was located in the barony of Tiaquin, Co. Galway, their chief residence being the castle of Clogher. They were an important sept in the Hy Many country but were not of that group by descent, as their ancestors were the ancient pre-Gaelic Pictish rulers of that area. Their territory was much reduced by the O’Kellys, and their estates were largely lost in the seventeenth century confiscations, but the Mannions ( as they are called in Connacht ) remained in their homeland where they are numerous today. The is believed to be an early personal name derived from the Old Norse ‘manningi’,signifieing a ‘valiant man’. A Frederick Manning ( 1812-1883 ) became a Maori chief in New Zealand, he was formerly a Dublin man. The surname dates back to the eleventh century were a Algarus Manningestepsune is recorded in historical archives…. Coat of arms: Argent a ch…
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