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What does Manuel mean?

Manuel Pronunciation of Manuel [manuel] as a boys' name is pronounced mahn-WEL. It is of Spanish and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Manuel is "God is with us". Short form of Emmanuel. Manolito was one of Spain's greatest matadors. Shoe designer Manolo Blahnik; artist Manuel Ocampo; baseball player Manny Ramirez.

Associated with: greatest.


Manuel has 6 variants: Mannie, Manny, Mano, Manolito, Manolo and Manuelo.

12 more relations via Emmanuel, Manolo: Emanual, Emanuel, Emanuele, Emonuel, Imanuel, Immanuel, Man, Manoel, Manola, Manollo, Manual and Manuela.

Creative forms:
(male) Monuel, ..


Middle name pairings:
Manuel Clarence (M.C.), ..

How popular is Manuel?

Manuel is a very prominent first name for males (#110 out of 1220, Top 9%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#1337 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Manuel reached its apex rank of #115 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is at #283 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Manuel name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Manuel outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Emanuel (#347 last year), Emmanuel (#150), Immanuel (#906), Man, Mannie, Manny and Manual are the prominent related forms of Manuel (#283 last year) listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Manuel was more pronounced among parents in the year 2005 (adoption of 0.33%) and is almost as conventional today (adoption 0.28%, 17.5%), but with the form Manuel becoming less fashionable. Manuel has been the most recognizable form, though Emmanuel is currently more frequently used.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Manuel, Emanuel, Emmanuel, Immanuel, Man in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mannie, Manny, Manual in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Emanuel, Emmanuel outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Daniel, Dannel, Dantel, Danyel, Haniel, Hansel, Hanyel, Hanzel, Kaniel, Macniel, Mandel, Mandell, Manlea (see Manley), Manley, Manly, Mansel, Mansell, Manten (see Manton), Manus, Manvel, Marcel, Mardel, Markel, Marquel, Martel, Marvel, Mendel, Miguel, Miquel, Montel, Pauel, Rancel, Randel and Samuel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Manuel.

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