Origins of Family Names


The three pathways to the meaning of a name in my family originate from my father and mother. My father surname is Mann, mother’s maiden name was Newman, the latter of which is more simplistic.

The meaning of each, taken from the Ancestry website, is as follows –

Mann Name Meaning English, German, Dutch (De Mann), and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a fierce or strong man, or for a man contrasted with a boy, from Middle English, Middle High German, Middle Dutch man. In some cases it may have arisen as an occupational name for a servant, from the medieval use of the term to describe a person of inferior social status. The Jewish surname can be ornamental.English and German: from a Germanic personal name, found in Old English as Manna. This originated either as a byname or else as a short form of a compound name containing this element, such as Hermann.Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish male personal name Man (cognate with 1).Indian (Panjab): Hindu (Jat) and Sikh name of unknown meaning.

Newman Name Meaning English: nickname for a newcomer to a place, from Middle English newe ‘new’ + man ‘man’. This form has also absorbed several European cognates with the same meaning, for example Neumann. (For other forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988.

Also, my grandmother (mothers mother) her maiden name was Churchman which, historically, has a Prussian-German origin and means as follows –

Churchman Name Meaning English: topographic name for someone who lived by a church, from Middle English chirche (see Church) + man.Possibly a translation of German Kirchmann (see Kirchman).

Although difficult and time consuming I am undertaking the task of researching some of my family history which in itself has proved very interesting indeed – my grandfather (mother’s father) and his familial roots, can be traced back a couple of centuries, at present, in the Suffolk area of Eastern England and from where he, and my mother, were born, in and around Sudbury.



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