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The earliest known forbear of the surname is Robert de Manieres, a Norman from Mesnieres, near Rouen, Normandy. His name appeared in the "Roll of Battle Abbey," an honor roll of all those who fought at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 AD. He was first granted land in Kent and Surrey under Odo, Bishop of Bayeux. One branch of the family remained in England to eventually become the Dukes of Rutland with the surname of Manners, the Normanized Saxon way of pronouncing this name. However, with growing dissatisfaction under the Conqueror's rule, one branch of the family (it is not certain whether this was the most senior branch) moved north, probably with Margaret, King Malcolm Ceanmore's second wife, where they were granted lands in Lothian. They moved from the Lowlands into the Highlands in about 1090. They settled in the Lands of Culdares in Glenylon.

McMinn Early Origins



The surname McMinn was first found in Midlothian, where it is quite understandable that the native Gaelic had difficulty with this Norman surname, and it can be found in various forms, among them: Mengues, Mingies and Meyners. The reason for these variations is the attempt to pronounce the "y" in Menyers (another variation of the original) in the Gaelic results in a cross between the sound of a "y" and that of a "g". Within a century the Clan were truly Gaelicized, although for Court purposes the first Chief retained the name of Sir Robert de Meyners.

Sir Robert had risen in court circles, under King Alexander II to the position of Chamberlain of Scotland in 1249. The earliest surviving charter of this Clan is held by the Moncreiffes. In the Charter we find a grant of Lands of Culdares (now spelt Culdair) "as freely, quietly, fully and honorably as any Baron within the Kingdom of Scotland is able to give such land." The witnesses to this deed, which established a barony within the Earldom of Atholl, were David de Meyneris and also Alexander de Meyneris. Sir Robert was also granted lands in Rannoch that had belonged to King Alexander's own family. One cannot then help but conjecture that he had, in fact, married one of the King's daughters (that his sons took the Royal name of David, and Alexander may be evidence to this), but, however, this is not recorded. Sir Alexander, Sir Robert's son, was granted Aberfeldybeg in Strath Tay and the property of Weem. The reason for these grants is again not recorded, but we may draw the same conclusion.


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McMinn Spelling Variations


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McMinn Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Menzies, Menigees, Mennes, Mengzes, Menzeys, Minges, Méinn (Gaelic) and many more.

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McMinn Early History


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McMinn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMinn research. Another 499 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1487, 1329, 1423, 1510, 1571, 1587, 1599 and 1671 are included under the topic Early McMinn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McMinn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McMinn Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McMinn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McMinn In Ireland


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McMinn In Ireland



Some of the McMinn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McMinn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel McMinn, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1805
  • James McMinn, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853

McMinn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary McMinn, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • Samuel McMinn, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

McMinn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth McMinn arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Sarah McMinn arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Robert McMinn, aged 19, a boiler maker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • Agnes McMinn, aged 15, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name McMinn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McMinn (post 1700)



  • Deane McMinn, American figure skating judge
  • Teri McMinn (b. 1951), American actress
  • Joseph McMinn (1758-1824), American Governor of Tennessee
  • Kevin Clifton "Ted" McMinn (b. 1962), Scottish former association footballer
  • Edward Graham McMinn (d. 1883), 19th century Member of Parliament in the Waikato Region of New Zealand
  • Bertie McMinn, former footballer MEH of the Irish Football League
  • William McMinn (1844-1884), Australian surveyor and architect
  • Derek McMinn, British orthopaedic surgeon and inventor

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Motto


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Motto



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: Vil God I zal
Motto Translation: Will God I shall.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The McMinn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McMinn 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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