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Where did the English Menefee family come from? What is the English Menefee family crest and coat of arms? When did the Menefee family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Menefee family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Minifie, Minifee, Minnifee, Minnifie, Minifey, Minnifey, Mennafee, Menifey, Menifie, Mennifie, Menefee, Menafee, Minafie and many more.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century where they held estates and held a family seat at Honiton in that shire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Menefee research. Another 328 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Menefee History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Menefee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Menefee Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Menefee, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892

Menefee Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Speed Menefee, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Edith Menefee, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Jannie Menefee, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Cecil Menefee, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1922
  • Charles Menefee, aged 47, who emigrated to America, in 1924


  • Curt Menefee (b. 1965), American sportscaster, host of the Fox network's NFL show Fox NFL Sunday
  • Richard Hickman Menefee (1809-1841), American Representative from Kentucky
  • John "Jock" Menefee (1868-1953), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1892 to 1903
  • David Wayne Menefee, American writer


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The Menefee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Menefee Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 6 July 2014 at 15:02.

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