Milstead Surname History

The Milstead name is a habitational name derived from Milstead in Kent.

Early Origins of the Milstead family

The surname Milstead was first found in Kent at Milstead, a village in the borough of Swale which dates back to the late 11th century when it was listed as Milstede. The place name probably means "middle place" from the Old English middel + stede. [1] However, the first reference of the surname was in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where Richard de Minsted was listed in Buckinghamshire. Apparently the "n" and the "l" were often interchanged. [2] In this case, the name could have originated at Minstead is a small village and civil parish in the New Forest, Hampshire. This village dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 [3] where it was listed as Mintestede and literally meant "place where mint grows or is grown," from the Old English word minte + stede. [1]

Important Dates for the Milstead family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Milstead research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Milstead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Milstead Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Melsted, Melstead, Milstead, Misted and others.

Early Notables of the Milstead family (pre 1700)

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Milstead migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Milstead Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Milstead, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Barbados or Jamaica in 1674

Milstead migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Milstead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Milstead, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848 [4]
  • Jane Tresidder Milstead, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848 [4]
  • Stephen Milstead, aged 26, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Milstead (post 1700)

  • Century Allen "Wally" Milstead (1901-1963), American college and NFL football player, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1977
  • Darrell Milstead (1934-2011), American producer, founder and CEO of Nandar Entertainment and Silver Cinema
  • Charles Frank "Charlie" Milstead (b. 1937), former American AFL football quarterback
  • Roderick Leon "Rod" Milstead (b. 1969), former American NFL football guard
  • George Earl Milstead (1903-1977), American Major League Baseball pitcher in the 1920s with the Chicago Cubs
  • Harris Glenn Milstead (1945-1988), American actor and musician, best known for his drag persona, Divine


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCESS ROYAL 1848. Retrieved from
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26th June 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1855. Retrieved
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