Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Greek: from the personal name Manis, a pet form of Emmanouel (see Emanuel).
  2. Czech (Maniš): from German Mann, or from a Germanic personal name such as Manfred.
  3. French: unexplained.
  4. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish personal name Mane + the Yiddish possessive suffix -s. As a male name, this represents a variant of Man 8. As a female name, it is derived from a form of Mary borrowed from Slavic Christians.
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