Meaning and Origin of: Manley

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Man of the meadow

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • 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 these villages.
  • 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’.