Meaning and Origin of: Man

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Son of the hero

First name variations

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Chinese : variant of Wen 2.
  • Chinese : from a character in the personal name of Hu Gongman, a retainer of Wu Wang. After the latter established the Zhou dynasty in 1122 bc, he granted the state of Chen to Hu Gongman, whose descendants adopted the second character of his given name, Man, as their surname. This character also means ‘Manchurian’, but the name does not appear to be related to this meaning.
  • Chinese : variant of Wen 3.
  • Chinese : variant of Wan 1.
  • English and Jewish : variant spelling of Mann.
  • Dutch : from Middle Dutch man ‘man’, ‘husband’, ‘vassal’, ‘arbiter’.
  • French : from the Germanic personal name Manno (see Mann 2).
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from the personal name Man, derived from Yiddish ‘man’.