The Manning Family

Manning family crest

(Crest No. 210. Plate 32.)

THE Manning family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of Ir, fifth son of that monarch. The founder of the family was Conal Kearneach, son of Amergin, fourth in degree from Rory O’More, who gave his name to the Clanna Rory tribe in Ulster, B. C. 87. The ancient name was Maoineach and signifies “The Rich.” The possessions of the sept were located in the present County of Galway.

The O’Mannings, O’Mainnins, O’Mannins, or O’Mannions, as the name is written, were chiefs of Sodhan, a large territory in the barony of Tiaquin made into six divisions, called the Six Sodhans. The O’Mannings had their chief residence at the Castle of Clogher, barony of Tiaquin, County Galway, and afterward at Menlough, in the parish of Killascobe, in the same barony. The other chiefs given by O’Dugan in the Six Sodhans were Mac-an-Bhaird, MacWard, or Ward, O’Sgurra, or Scurry, O’Lennain, or Lennon, O’Casain, or Cashin, O’Gialla, or O’Giallain, rendered Gealan, Gilly, and Gill, and O’Maigins, or Magin.

There are many prominent persons of the name in Ireland and America, among whom may be mentioned Mr. Daniel Manning of Albany, N. Y.