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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Minster, Minsterchamber and others.

First found in Dorset 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 when they held estates in that shire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Minter research. Another 289 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1455, 1487, 1575, and 1610 are included under the topic Early Minter History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Minter Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Desire Minter, who landed in Massachusetts in 1620
  • Jon Minter, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Minter, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • David Minter, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Grace Minter, who arrived in Virginia in 1636

Minter Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Fredk Minter, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1847


  • Mary Miles Minter (1902-1984), born Juliet Reilly, an American actress who appeared in 54 silent era pictures from 1912 to 1923
  • James Kirby Minter (1929-2009), American gold medalist basketball player at the 1954 World Championships
  • Kristin Minter (b. 1965), American actress
  • Cedric Alwyn Minter (b. 1958), American former professional CFL football player, recipient of the 1981 Frank M. Gibson Trophy
  • Barry Antoine Minter (b. 1970), American former NFL football linebacker who played from 1993 to 2001
  • General Billy Martin Minter (1926-2005), American Air Force officer, former deputy commander in chief, United States Air Forces in Europe
  • Kelly Jo Minter (b. 1966), American actress
  • Alan Minter (b. 1951), English former professional boxer and former World Middleweight Champion
  • Anne Minter (b. 1963), Australian tennis player at the 1988 Summer Olympics, winner of four singles titles on the WTA Tour: 1987 Taipei, Singapore; 1988 Puerto Rico; 1989 Taipei
  • Elizabeth Minter (b. 1965), Australian former professional tennis player, rnaked No. 104 in 1987



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The Minter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Minter 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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