||In addition to Mamane (often spelled Maman)
being our own family name, Mamane is family name to many others,
and has other meanings as well. Our goal with the mamane.com
website is to make it an independent source of information for
all interested in the current meaning and derivation of the
word "Mamane", as well as those interested in learning about
ties to their own family name and genealogy.
On the islands
of Hawaii, Mamane is the name of a native tree with bright yellow
flowers. The wood of the Mamane Tree is hard and durable and
was used by Hawaiians for building material and in the of making
farm tools. Mamane Trees are found throughout Maui's Haleakala
National Park and Maui has a hiking and mountain biking trail
named "Mamane Trail" which as you would expect, has groves of
Mamane trees. There is even a "Mamane Street" in the town of
Honokaa on the northern coast of the Big Island, and a bakery
on that street which bares that name.
In designing this website, I utilized many images from Morocco.
Some are obvious like the Hassan Tower above, while others like
the background image in the menu above is harder to recognizes
- it's a stretched image of the Medina in Rabat. My father and
his siblings grew up in a white washed home on a small narrow
street looking down on the Medina. After having traveled to
Morocco for a couple of extended visits, I have grown to have
great fondness for the country, its people and its culture.
As with many surnames, some families with the name Mamane
are closely related, others distant relatives, but many more
have no family ties at all. My father was born in Morocco and
immigrated to the United States in the 1950's. Most of
our Moroccan relatives lived in Rabat and Casablanca, and a
few lived in Marrakesh. These days, only a few of our relatives
remain in Morocco.
Most of our family emigrated to France, Israel, Quebec, and
to a lesser extent to the USA. In our family, Mamane and Maman
are translations of the Hebrew family name
and the name is fairly well known in Morocco's
According to published Diaspora records,
the derivation of the Mamane name is from the 12th century
philosopher Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) born in Cordoba, Spain. To avoid
persecution Maimonides (Moses Ben Maimon) fled with is
family to Morocco and later to Israel and finally to Egypt where
he became chief rabbi of Cairo and physician to Saladin, sultan
of Egypt and Syria. Many families of various faiths took on a version of the name
as a sign of respect for Maimonides, others claim to be descendants.
Our genetic sequence generated from our DNA is consistent
with this lineage. This is the more recent history of
our family. Our family's reality begins over 2,000
generations and 50,000
years ago from all our common ancestors in Africa. I submitted a
DNA swab to National Geographic's
Project and the results for my Y-Chromosome test -
passed down from father to son and which reveal our direct
paternal ancestry are on the following page.
The genetic journey for the Mamane family is just one
millions of other families - all of whose common
roots began in Africa. The scientific conclusion is
clear for anyone who wishes to open their minds
and hearts to it. The scientific evidence for the universal human journey shows the
common origins of all humans regardless of our present day race, color,
religion, or country of birth.