The surname of MANNING was derived from the Old English word 'manningi' a nickname for a brave and valiant man. The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Early records of the name mention MANNIG ( without surname ) listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Algarus Manning est Upsune, was recorded in 1130 in County Northumberland. Semem filius Manning, was documented in the year 1181 in County Essex. Henry Maninge was recorded in County Cambridge in the year 1273. Nicholas Mannyng, 1273 ibid. Johannes Manning was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379 and Norah Mannyng was also recorded Thomas Renshaw and Jane Mannin were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1757. This originally English name, which is numerous in County Cork, and County Dublin, is sometimes used as a synonym of Mannin. Ireland was one of the earliest countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames. They came into being fairly generally in the 11th century, and indeed a few were found before the year 1000. The maritime county of Cork, in Munster, is bounded by the sea on the south-west, the south and the south-east. To the east it has land boundaries with the counties of Waterford and Tipperary, and to the north with Limerick and to the west with Kerry. Anciently the country formed part of the kingdom of Desmond. After the Anglo-Norman Invasion the whole of the present county, save the City of Cork (which had been founded by the Vikings) and its surroundings, was granted in 1177 by Henry 11 to Anglo-Norman knights who brought over their followers and established a military colony.
A notable member of the name was Thomas Manning (1772-1840) the English traveller, born in Suffolk. He entered Caius College, Cambridge, to study Chinese and in 1806 went out as a doctor to Canton. In 1811, he visited Lhasa in Tibet, the first Englishman ever there. He returned to England in 1817, and then went to travel in Italy. He returned, and died in Bath.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at the Ulster Office
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