This family, so long established in County Cheshire, claim to have come to England with the Norman Conqueror in 1066 in the person of Ranulph de Meinilwarin, and the name is distinctly Norman. It was a popular font name during the 13th century. Early records of the name mention Robert de Meynwareing, 1273, County Derbyshire.Thomas de Meynnegaryn, was documented in County Norfolk in the same year. Ann Manwaring was baptised at St. James's Church, Clerkenwell, London in 1633. Elizabeth, daughter of Doctor Mannering was baptised at the same church in the year 1669.
The name was taken to Ireland by settlers where it is used as an anglicized form of O'Manarain and it is also spelt there as Marrinan and Manron. The Irish prefixes of Mac (son of) and O (grandson or descendant of) gave rise at an early date, to a set of fixed hereditary names in which the literal patronymic meaning was lost or obscured. These surnames originally signified membership of a clan, but with the passage of time, the clan system became less distinct, and surnames came to identify membership of what is called a 'sept' of people all living in the same locality, all bearing the same surname, but not necessarily descended from a common ancestor. Adoption of the name by people who did not otherwise have a surname and by their dependents was not uncommon. Later, nicknames were in some cases to supersede the original clan names.
At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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