Mannion Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Mannion Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Mannion

The origin of the name Mannion was found in the archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Mannion
include O'Mannin, Mannon and Manning. The sept of O'Mainnin was located in the barony of Tiaquin, County Galway , their chief's residence being the castle of Clogher. They were an important sept in the Hy Many country but were not of that group by descent, as their ancestors were the ancient pre-Gaelic Pictish rulers of that area. Their estates were largely lost in the seventeenth century confiscations, but the Mannions, as they are called in Connacht, remained in their homeland where they are numerous to this day. The name has also been anglicized Manning. Cornet John Manning of the O'Neills Dragoons in King James II's Irish Army was an O'Mannin.
The Mannion coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Mannion descendants.
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