Manson Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Manson Origin:


Origins of Manson:

The surname of Manson is said to be a Norse-Viking surname from the country of Scotland. The derivation of the surname of Manson comes from a Norse-Viking Pre 7th Century personal name of Magnusson, which means the son of Magnus. Magnus was a popular personal given name among the Norsemen. Magnus can be translated to mean “it is worth remembering.” Thus, the surname of Magnusson, from which Manson derives means “son of he who is worth remembering.” Another possible origin of the surname of Manson is that it stems from a nickname. It is a common element of surnames throughout Europe that many of them originally derived from nicknames, as it was a very common practice in medieval times. In the beginning, nicknames were applied to people who had distinguishing characteristics, such as moral or mental peculiarities, a similar appearance to a bird or animal, a similar disposition to a bird or animal, occupation of an individual, their habits, or their manner of dress. In the case of the surname of Manson, this nickname was given to someone who was deemed as worthy.


More common variations are: Manison, Mannison, Mainson, Mansson, Manuson, Mansoni, Mansone, Mainson, Mansioun, Monson



The surname of Manson is popular within the country of Scotland, and began appearing within the 15th century. The first recorded spelling of the surname of Manson within the country of Scotland was said to be one Angus Monson, who was noted in the document known as the Court Registers of Kirkwall in the year of 1446. This document was ordered, decreed, and written under the reign of one King James I of Scotland, who ruled from the year of 1424 to the year of 1437. Other mentions of the surname of Manson within the country of Scotland include one Joseph Manson, who was recorded as being the official carpenter to Mary, Queen of Scots in the year of 1568, while one Neills Monson was named as a native of the Shetlands in the year of 1568 as well. Throughout the country of Scotland, those who are known to bear the surname of Manson, or Monson, are said to have hailed from a member of the Clan Gunn.

United States of America:

Within the 17th and 18th Centuries, it became common for European citizens to migrate to the United States of America to escape the often tyrannical governments of the countries of their birth. This large movement of people from Europe to the United States of America, which at that time was known as the New World or The Colonies was known as the European Migration. Among those who migrated to the United States was one Thomazin Manson, who was just 14 years of age when he arrived in New England in the year of 1635. Shortly after his arrival, in the year of 1654, one person by the name of Luke Manson landed in the state of Virginia. It is possible that more people who bore the name of Manson attempted to travel to the United States but perished on the transport ships from Europe to the United States of America.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Manson: United States 8,466; England 3,452; South Africa 2,356; Scotland 2,107; Canada 2,027; Australia 1,974; France 1,653, New Zealand 1,607; Brazil 970; Ghana 799

Notable People:

Marilyn Manson (born in 1969) who is a musician, actor, songwriter, multimedia artist, and painter from America, and who was born with the name of Brian Hugh Warner.

Mahlon Dickerson Manson (1820-1895) who was a politician and druggist from America, and who served as a Union General in the American Civil War.

David Manson (born in 1952) who is a film and television producer, director, and screenwriter from America who has been nominated for an Emmy Award, and is the recipient of a Peabody Award, and who is most notably recognized for his work on the popular series House of Cards (2013).

Hiram S. Manson, who served as the Postmaster at Allegan, Michigan in the year of 1871, and who was a Republican politician from America.

Herbert S. Manson, who served as the Candidate for the Wisconsin State Assembly from Marathon County in the 2nd District in the year of 1902, and who was a Democratic politician from America.

Harry Manson, who served as a Member of the New Hampshire State Senate in the 5th District in the year of 1935, and who was a Republican politician from America.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (England). Per chev. ar. and gu. in chief three crescents of the last. Crest—On a chapeau ppr. a garb or.
2) (Scotland, 16th century). Ar. a cross calvary betw. two mullets gu.
3) (Holland, from Scotland, 1672). Motto—Meae memor originia. Ar. a lion saliant ar. armed and langued vert, holding in his dexter paw a sword erected of the second within an orle of eight crescents or. Crest—A dexter hand holding a thistle ppr.
4) Sa. a chev. betw. three annulets ar.

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