Manfred comes from an Old German name though there seems to be some uncertainty as to the first element of the name. The second element comes from Germanic frid (peace) while the first part of the name either comes from Germanic man (man) or magan (strength) so the name could mean either “strong peace” or “man peace/ peaceful man”.
As well as being a given name, Manfred is also a surname derived from the given name.
Nicknames: Man, Manny/Mannie, Fred
- Manfried (German)
- Manfredo (Italian)
- Meginfrid (Ancient Germanic)
- Manfreda (also the name of a genus of flowering plants named after the 14th century Italian writer Manfredus de Monte Imperiale)