History of your Surname
Get access to Manning family records.Start a free trial

Manning Family History

Manning Name Meaning

Irish (Cork and Kerry): adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Mainnín ‘descendant of Mainnín’ probably an assimilated form of Mainchín a diminutive of manach ‘monk’. This is the name of a chieftain family in Connacht. It is sometimes pronounced Ó Maingín and Anglicized as Mangan . English: from a Middle English survival of the Old English personal name Manning. North German and Dutch: habitational name from a farm so named once in possession of a certain Manno (see Mann ) and his kin. American shortened and altered form of Finnish Manninen .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Lanning, Canning, Mannings, Kanning, Janning, Fannin, Dunning

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Manning family from?

You can see how Manning families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Manning family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Manning families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 152 Manning families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Manning's in USA. New York had the highest population of Manning families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Manning surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Manning ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Manning. 15% of Manning men worked as a Laborer and 6% of Manning women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Manning were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

View Census Data for Manning | Data not to scale

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Manning family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 529,000 census records available for the last name Manning. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Manning census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Manning

Passenger Lists

There are 79,000 immigration records available for the last name Manning. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Manning immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 88,000 military records available for the last name Manning. For the veterans among your Manning ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Manning military records

You've only scratched the surface of Manning family history

Discover More

What is the average Manning lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Manning life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Manning in 1940 was 44, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Manning

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Manning family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial