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

The Minton surname was a habitational name taken from a place so named, in Shropshire. The placed name Minton is derived from the Welsh word "mynydd" meaning "hill," and the Old English word "tun," meaning "enclosure," or "settlement."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Minton, Mineton, Mindton, Mindtown and others.

First found in Shropshire 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 year 1209 when Walter de Muneton held estates at Minton in the county of Salop.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Minton research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Minton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Minton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • David Minton, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • David Minton, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Phillip Minton, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • Richard Minton, who came to Maryland in 1661
  • Richard Minton, who arrived in Maryland in 1661


Minton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Randolph Minton, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Henry Minton, who came to Virginia in 1705
  • Joseph Minton, who came to Virginia in 1705
  • Joseph Minton, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Andrew Minton, who came to Boston in 1766

Minton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Minton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878

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  • Greg Minton (b. 1951), American baseball player
  • John Minton (1950-1995), American professional wrestler
  • John D. Minton Jr. (b. 1952), American Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court
  • Sherman Anthony Minton Jr. (1919-1999), American herpetologist and toxicologist who authored more than fifty books and papers, eponym of numerous species including Proacris mintoni, Coluber karelini mintonorum and more
  • Brigadier-General Hugh Chapman Minton (1890-1963), American Director of Resource & Production Division, Army Service Forces (1942)
  • Francis John Minton (1917-1957), English artist
  • Thomas Minton (1765-1836), English potter, founder of Thomas Minton & Sons in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, probably best known for his Willow pattern
  • John Minton (1917-1957), British artist and illustrator
  • Yvonne Fay Minton CBE (b. 1938), Australian operatic and concert mezzo-soprano
  • Clive Dudley Thomas Minton AM (b. 1934), British-born, Australian metallurgist


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro Deo et patria
Motto Translation: For God and country.

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