The Mann family (UK: /ˈmæn/ MAN, US: /ˈmɑːn/ MAHN;[1] German: [ˈman]) is the most famous German novelists' dynasty.

Coat of arms of Johann Siegmund Mann as President of the St. Anna almshouse foundation in 1840
House of the Mann family in Lübeck („Buddenbrookhaus“), now a family museum


Originally the Manns were merchants, allegedly already in the 16th century in Nuremberg, documented since 1611 in Parchim, since 1713 in Rostock and since 1775 in Lübeck. There they became wealthy grain merchants, a Hanseatic family and as such members of the small ruling class of the Free City of Lübeck, a city republic and state of the German Empire. The symbol in the family's coat of arms is Mercury, the ancient god of commerce (as well as of eloquence).

The family's most famous member is Nobel Prize for Literature laureate Thomas Mann, who portrayed his own family and social class in the novel Buddenbrooks. In 1877, Thomas Mann's father Thomas Johann Heinrich Mann was elected Senator of Lübeck (corresponding to presiding minister of a government office in other German states).[2]


Dohm-Mann family treeEdit

The Dohm-Mann family tree contains a number of famous writers, musicians and actors. This family tree is not complete but is focused on showing the relationship of the well-known members of the family.

Heinrich Mann
Julia Mann
Thomas Johann Heinrich Mann
Ludwig Herman BruhnsCarla MannGustaf Gründgens
Júlia da Silva Bruhns
Maria da SilvaViktor MannErika Mann
Hans Ernst DohmThomas MannW. H. Auden
Hedwig DohmKatharina PringsheimKlaus Mann
Ernst DohmAlfred PringsheimKlaus Pringsheim Sr.Golo Mann
Ida Marie Elisabeth DohmMonika Mann
Gustav Adolph Schleh
Hedwig DohmMarie Pauline Adelheid DohmElisabeth MannAngelica Borgese
Wilhelmine Jülich
Eva DohmGiuseppe Antonio BorgeseDominica Borgese
Michael Mann


Heinrich Breloer wrote and directed the 2001 miniseries Die Manns – Ein Jahrhundertroman, which won the International Emmy Award for Best TV Movie or Miniseries.


  • Naumann, Uwe (ed.): Die Kinder der Manns. Ein Familienalbum. Reinbek, 2005. ISBN 3-498-04688-8
  • Stübbe, Michael: Die Manns. Genealogie einer deutschen Schriftstellerfamilie. Degener & Co, 2004. ISBN 3-7686-5189-4
  • Marianne Krüll: Im Netz der Zauberer. Fischer, 1999. ISBN 3-596-11381-4
  • Hans Wißkirchen: Die Familie Mann. Rowohlt, 1999. ISBN 3-499-50630-0
  • Jindrich Mann: "Prag, poste restante. Eine unbekannte Geschichte der Familie Mann". Rowohlt Verlag 2007. ISBN 3-498-04500-8
  • Die Manns – Genealogie einer deutschen Schriftstellerfamilie in Deutsches Familienarchiv Bd. 145, Degener & Co., Insingen 2005. ISBN 3-7686-5188-6


  1. ^ Lindsey, Geoff (1990). "Quantity and quality in British and American vowel systems". In Ramsaran, Susan (ed.). Studies in the Pronunciation of English: A Commemorative Volume in Honour of A.C. Gimson. Routledge. pp. 106–118. ISBN 978-0-41507180-2.
  2. ^ Hans Wißkirchen: Die Familie Mann. Rowohlt, 1999, 6th ed, 2007, p. 10f.