Last name origins & meanings:
- English: habitational name from places in Devon and Cheshire,
named in Old English as ‘common wood or clearing’, from
(ge)mǣne ‘common’, ‘shared’ + lēah ‘woodland
clearing’. The surname is still chiefly found in the regions around
- English: nickname from Middle English
mannly ‘manly’, ‘virile’, ‘brave’ (Old English
mannlīc, originally ‘man-like’).
- Irish (County Cork): Anglicized form of Ó Máinle (and often pronounced
Mauly), of unexplained origin. Compare Malley.
- Irish (Connacht and Donegal): shortened Anglicized form of
Gaelic Ó Maonghaile ‘descendant of Maonghal’, a
personal name derived from words meaning ‘wealth’ and ‘valor’.
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