Last name origins & meanings:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish male personal name Man (cognate with 1).
  4. Indian (Panjab): Hindu (Jat) and Sikh name of unknown meaning.
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