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The surname Menefee was first found in Devon 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 where they held estates and held a family seat at Honiton in that shire.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Minifie, Minifee, Minnifee, Minnifie, Minifey, Minnifey, Mennafee, Menifey, Menifie, Mennifie, Menefee, Menafee, Minafie and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Menefee research. Another 328 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Menefee History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Menefee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Elizabeth Menefee, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892

Menefee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Speed Menefee, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Edith Menefee, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Jannie Menefee, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Cecil Menefee, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1922
  • Charles Menefee, aged 47, who emigrated to America, in 1924

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  • David Wayne Menefee, American writer
  • John "Jock" Menefee (1868-1953), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1892 to 1903
  • Curt Menefee (b. 1965), American sportscaster, host of the Fox network's NFL show Fox NFL Sunday
  • Richard Hickman Menefee (1809-1841), American Representative from Kentucky


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  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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