The name Milks is thought to derive from the Middle English word "milksop," which was "a piece of bread soaked in milk." As a name, it may have evolved from a nickname
for a "spiritless" man. It has also been suggested that it mays have been an occupational
name for a farmer who dealt with milk products.
Early Origins of the Milks family
The surname Milks was first found in Buckinghamshire
, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Milksop. This name has often been maligned as referring to an effeminate person, but this is most unlikely, it is more likely from the trade-name as a farmer who dealt with milk products, i.e., the sap or sop of milk or curds and whey. The former explanation is merely an assumption by Victorian historians. The origin of this name is almost exclusively in the heart of the English farming counties of Buckingham, Oxford, and Bedfordshire.
Early History of the Milks family
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Milks Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Milksop, Milsop, Millsop, Millsopp, Milsops, Millsops, Millsopps, Mellsop, Mellsopp, Melsops, Mellsopps, Millinchop, Millinshop, Millsap, Millsapp, Milsap, Milsapp, Milsaps and many more.
Early Notables of the Milks family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Milks family to Ireland
Some of the Milks family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Milks family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John and Thomas Milksop who settled in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1719; another Thomas Milksop settled in Maryland in 1718.