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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Manu mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Manu

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     Indian (Sanskrit)

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  • A user from South Africa says the name Manu means "Strategy, wise man".
  • A submission from New York, United States says the name Manu means "Emperor of human beings" and is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin.
  • A submission from Ghana says the name Manu means "Second in a line of sons." and is of African origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖Ma"nu
One of a series of progenitors of human beings, and authors of human wisdom.

Etymology: Skr


From Sanskrit मनु (mánu, “man, mankind”).

  1. (Hinduism) A title accorded the progenitor of mankind, first king to rule this earth, who saves mankind from the universal flood.
  2. (theosophy) the progenitor of the Aryan root race, who are said to have originated in Atlantis.
  3. A male given name commonly used in India.

Manu was also found in the following language(s): Finnish, Hawaiian, and Maori

Notable Persons Named Manu

Manu Bennett is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to present. Manu was given the name Jonathan Manu Bennett on October 10th, 1969 in Rotorua. Manu is also known as Bennett and Jonathan Manu.


Manu Ginóbili is a basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs, Andino Sport Club, Viola Reggio Calabria, Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca, and Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna in the National Basketball Association. He was most prominent from 1995 to present. Manu was born on July 28th, 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina.


Manu Chao is an alternative rock, ska, punk rock, reggae, latin alternative, and salsa music musician. He holds the title Mr. Bobby". He has had major accomplishments since 1984. Manu was given the name José-Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao Ortega on June 21st, 1961 in Paris, France. Manu is also known as Oscar Tramor.


Manu is a fictional character.


Manu was born in 1974 in Nantes, France.


Manu García is a soccer player for the Manchester City F.C., Sporting de Gijón, and Spain national under-16 football team. Manu was born on January 2nd, 1998 in Oviedo, Spain.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Manu

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Elvis Manu is a soccer player for the Huddersfield Town A.F.C., Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., Feyenoord, S.B.V. Excelsior, SC Cambuur, Netherlands national under-17 football team, and Netherlands national under-19 football team. Elvis was born on August 13th, 1993 in Dordrecht.


Sika was born on January 22nd, 1987 in Lower Hutt.


Nasi was born on August 15th, 1988 in Lincoln, New Zealand.



How popular is the baby name Manu in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1972 6 0 6
1973 8 0 8
1975 7 0 7
1976 10 0 10
1977 15 0 15
1978 10 0 10
1979 10 0 10
1980 15 0 15
1981 11 0 11
1982 6 0 6
1983 10 0 10
1985 8 0 8
1986 13 0 13
1987 11 0 11
1988 5 0 5
1989 7 0 7
1990 7 0 7
1991 8 0 8
1992 10 0 10
1993 11 0 11
1994 6 0 6
1995 7 0 7
1996 17 5 12
1997 6 0 6
1998 12 0 12
1999 9 0 9
2000 15 0 15
2001 13 0 13
2002 12 0 12
2003 19 0 19
2004 18 0 18
2005 19 0 19
2006 27 0 27
2007 25 0 25
2008 11 0 11
2009 18 0 18
2010 16 0 16
2011 11 0 11
2012 16 0 16
2013 21 0 21
2014 12 0 12
2015 17 0 17
2016 20 0 20
2017 17 0 17
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Manu

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Popularity of Manu as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Manu U.S.
  White 9.47% 64.26%
  African American 36.79% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 42.99% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.55% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 7.38% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.82% 16.26%

Of Last Name Manu

People with the last name Manu are most frequently African American or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Manu

  • How Popular is the name Manu? Manu is the 15,322nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Manu was the 23,222nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Manu have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 552 babies born with the first name Manu in the United States. That's more than enough people named Manu 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 Manu? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1972 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Manu first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Manu is Sunday, March 4th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Manu born? The highest recorded use of the first name Manu was in 2006 with a total of 27 babies.
  • Random Manu Factoid: According to the 2001 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Manu is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2001.
  • Weird things about the name Manu: Your name in reverse order is Unam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Namu. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Manu? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,098 people with the last name Manu.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Manu? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Manu as their last name since less than 1 person in 270k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • 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)
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