Mildenhall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Mildenhall family

The surname Mildenhall was first found in Suffolk at Mildenhall, a small market town and civil parish which dates back to c. 1050 when it was listed as Mildenhale. By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the town was listed as Mitdenehalla and possibly meant "middle nook of land," having derived from the Old English words middel + halh. Mildenhall is also a village and civil parish in the Kennet Valley in Wiltshire and this village dates back further to 803 when it was listed as Mildanhald. Over one hundred years later, the village was listed as Mildenhalle in the Domesday Book. [1] But it is in the Suffolk town that we find the first occurrence of the surname for in 1170 Andrew Mildenhale was listed as holding estates in that county. The Mildenhall Treasure is a major hoard of highly decorated Roman silver tableware from the fourth-century AD, found at West Row, near Mildenhall in 1942 by Gordon Butler while ploughing.

Early History of the Mildenhall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mildenhall research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1560 and 1614 are included under the topic Early Mildenhall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mildenhall Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mildenhall, Mindenhall, Mendenhall, Miltonhall and others.

Early Notables of the Mildenhall family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Mildenhall (1560-1614) or John Midnall, a British explorer and adventurer and one of the first to make an overland journey...
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United States Mildenhall migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mildenhall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Mildenhall, aged 48, who arrived in America from Ansham, England, in 1907

New Zealand Mildenhall 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:

Mildenhall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Mildenhall, aged 26, a shepherd, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Emma R. Mildenhall, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Frank R. Mildenhall, aged 8 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Mr. Alfred Mildenhall, (b. 1853), aged 21, English settler from Berkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [2]
  • Mrs. Sarah Mildenhall, (b. 1852), aged 22, English settler from Berkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [2]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Mildenhall (post 1700) +

  • Andrew Mildenhall (b. 1966), former English cricketer who played from 1989 to 1990 for Wiltshire
  • Stephen James "Steve" Mildenhall (b. 1979), English football goalkeeper
  • William James "Jack" Mildenhall (1891-1962), Australian photographer and civil servant, best known for having photographed construction of the new Australian capital, Canberra in the 1920s and 1930s
  • Jonathan Mildenhall, British Chief Marketing Officer at Airbnb, former Vice President at the Coca-Cola Company
  • Bill Mildenhall (b. 1953), Australian former basketball referee in the National Basketball League and Australian rules footballer
  • Neil Mildenhall (b. 1968), Australian rules footballer who played for the Fremantle Dockers in 1995
  • Bruce Allan Mildenhall (b. 1953), Australian politician, Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Footscray (1992-2006)


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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