Menhennet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Menhennet family

The surname Menhennet was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Mwnwynick. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Early History of the Menhennet family

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Menhennet Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Menwynick, Menwinnick, Minhinick, Menhinick, Minwinnick, Minwinnick, Minhinnick and many more.

Early Notables of the Menhennet family (pre 1700)

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United States Menhennet migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Menhennet Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Josiah Menhennet, (b. 1876), aged 24, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 31st March 1900 en route to Michiana, Michigan, USA [1]

New Zealand Menhennet migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Menhennet Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Julia Menhennet, (b. 1852), aged 26, Cornish settler departing on 11th October 1878 aboard the ship "Fernglen" going to Westland (Westland District), New Zealand arriving in port on 3rd January 1879 [2]
  • Mr. Richard Menhennet, (b. 1847), aged 31, Cornish farm labourer departing on 11th October 1878 aboard the ship "Fernglen" going to Westland (Westland District), New Zealand arriving in port on 3rd January 1879 [2]


  1. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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