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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Manila

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
  1. Of or pertaining to Manila or Manilla, the capital of the Philippine Islands; made in, or exported from, that city.
  2. Manila paper or the color of manila papaer.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The capital and largest city of the Philippines; located on southern Luzon
  2. A strong paper or thin cardboard with a smooth light brown finish made from e.g. Manila hemp

Tagalog Maynila, from may nilad (may (“there is”), nilad a kind of flowering plant once found in the low-lying banks of the Pasig River), probably under influence via Spanish, from أَمَان اَللّٰه (ʾamān allāh, “God’s protection”).

  1. The capital of the Philippines, located on the island of Luzon.

Manila was also found in the following language(s): German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Manila

Manila Luzon is a reality television personality, graphic designer, comedian, drag queen, reality television, and reality televisionpersonality. Manila was given the name Karl Philip Michael Westerberg on August 10th, 1981 in Cottage Grove, Minnesota.


Manila was born on September 18th, 1987 in Velletri, Italy.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Manila

Saint Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila is a saint. He holds the title First Saint and Protomartyr of the Philippines. Saint was born in 1600 in Captaincy General of the Philippines.


He holds the title Priest and Martyr. Blessed was born on September 5th, 1880 in Manila. He died on August 17th, 1936.


Gabriel was born in 1940.


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Popularity of Manila as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Manila U.S.
  White 16.11% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 49.33% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.03% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 29.19% 16.26%

Of Last Name Manila

People with the last name Manila are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Manila

  • How Popular is the name Manila? Manila is the 25,985th most popular name of all time. As a last name Manila was the 66,371st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Manila have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 214 babies born with the first name Manila in the United States. That's more than enough people named Manila to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Manila? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1897 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Manila first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Manila is Wednesday, January 20th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Manila born? The highest recorded use of the first name Manila was in 1898 with a total of 104 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Manila: Your name in reverse order is Alinam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ianalm. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Manila? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 298 people with the last name Manila.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Manila? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Manila as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.