Meaning and Name Origin
Manuel \m(a)-nuel\ 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.
Manuel has 19 more related variations via Emmanuel, Manolo: Eman, Emanual, Emanuel▲, Emanuele, Emmanouil, Emmanual, Emmonual, Emmonuel, Emonual, Emonuel, Imanuel, Immanuel, Immanuele, Man, Manoel, Manola, Manollo, Manual and Manuela.
Manuel is a very prominent first name for males (#110 out of 1220, Top 9%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#1198 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Manuel for boys. Manuel reached its apex rank of #95 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, and is at #265 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Manuel and affiliated names. Emanuel (#331 last year), Emmanuel (#165), Immanuel and Mannie are the prominent related forms of Manuel (#265 last year). Usage of these boy names was at its peak in the year 2008 and is somewhat lower today. Emanuel (#331) and Emmanuel (#165) are two of the more contemporarily stylish boy names in this list, with Emanuel going through a rebound in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)