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

Today's generation of the Miner family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Miner family lived in Herefordshire. Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products.In this case, this surname likely also was derived from the trade name for a miner.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Miner include Mynors, Minors, Miners, Mynor, Myner, Miner and others.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Miner research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1500, 1720, 1609, 1677, 1654, 1660, 1608, 1690 and 1629 are included under the topic Early Miner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 93 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Miner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Miners to arrive on North American shores:

Miner Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Miner, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630

Miner Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacob Miner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1756
  • Nathan William Miner, who landed in America in 1783

Miner Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • L B Miner, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • William A Miner, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • A Miner, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1856

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  • Zachary Charles Miner (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Earl Roy Miner (1927-2004), American professor at Princeton University, and a noted scholar of Japanese literature
  • Stephen C. "Steve" Miner (b. 1951), American film and television director
  • Rachel Miner (b. 1980), American Broadway, film and television actress
  • Jan Miner (1917-2004), American actress
  • Ross Miner (b. 1991), American figure skater
  • Jay Glenn Miner (1932-1994), American famous integrated circuit designer
  • Harold David Miner (b. 1971), retired American professional basketball player
  • Kate Miner, American singer and songwriter
  • Corporal Harry Garnet Bedford Miner (1891-1918), Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross during the First World War

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  • Fortin and Miner (Monast), French Canadian Families of Vergennes, Vermont, with Notes on Plantier, Gely, and Roy Families by James Strode Elston.
  • Thomas Minor, Descendants by John A. Miner.
  • The Gardiner-Squires Connection: an Account of the Gardiner Family of Gardiner's Island, Long Island, New York by Tiger Gardiner.
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  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Miner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Miner 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.

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