Isle of Man Genealogy
Scotland; England; Ireland and Wales. The head of state is the head of state of the United Kingdom, who holds the title of Lord of Mann and is represented on the island by a Lieutenant Governor. The Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom nor the European Union. The country's government, Tynwald, thought to have been founded in 979, is one of the oldest established governments in Europe.
The island was inhabited as far back as the Mesolithic Period and came under Celtic influence during the Iron Age. It had a turbulent history and came under the rule of the Norse in 1079 but in 1266, Norway's King Magnus VI ceded the island to Scotland. The Isle of Man came under English control in the fourteenth century.
The official languages of the Isle of Man are Manx Gaelic and English although, by the middle of the twentieth century only a few elderly native speakers remained.
The population of the Isle of Man is about 80,000. Its capital is Douglas (Manx: Doolish) on the east coast and other towns are Ramsey (Manx: Rhumsaa); Peel (Manx: Purt ny hInshey); Laxey (Manx: Laksaa); Port Erin (Manx: Purt Chiarn) and Castletown (Manx: Balley Chashtal).
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For details on Manx surnames and personal names, please see -Isle of Man Names Personal
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