Millet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Millet was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Millet family lived in Buckinghamshire. The name, however, is reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Miall, Normandy. Alternatively, the name could have been a " metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of millet or panic grass, from the Old French word 'milium' " [1]

Early Origins of the Millet family

The surname Millet was first found in various counties and shires throughout Britain as seen in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Roger Millot in Nottinghamshire; and John Milot in Huntingdonshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists: Willelmus Melot; Johannes Millot; Matilda Millot; and Rogerus Millotson. [2] The History and Antiquities of North Durham, by Rev. James Raine in 1852 lists the following family in Durham: John Mylote in 1380; William Melot in 1433; and Robert Millot in 1512.

Early History of the Millet family

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Millet Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Millet have been found, including Millet, Millett and others.

Early Notables of the Millet family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Millet family to Ireland

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United States Millet migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Millet were among those contributors:

Millet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Millet, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Richard Millet, who settled in Boston in 1630
  • Thomas Millet and his wife Maria, who settled in New England in 1635
  • Thomas Millet, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1637 [3]
  • Francis Millet, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Millet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacques Millet, who settled in Louisiana in 1719
Millet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jose Millet, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 [3]
  • Salvadore Millet, aged 47, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1842 [3]
  • Richard Millet, who landed in Iowa in 1887 [3]

Canada Millet migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Millet Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Pierre Millet, who arrived in Quebec in 1643
  • Nicolas Millet, who arrived in Montreal in 1653
  • Mr. Jean Millet, French labourer travelling to Canada to work for François Peron, arriving on 8th July 1655 [4]
  • Mr. Jean Millet, French labourer travelling to Canada to work for François Peron, arriving on 11th April 1656 [4]
  • Mr. Nicolas Millet, French labourer travelling to Canada to work for François Peron, arriving on 11th April 1656 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Millet Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • François Millet, son of Nicolas and Michelle, who married Marie-Madeleine Bernard, daughter of Jean and Marie, in Saint-Jean-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Quebec on 13th November 1702 [5]
  • Mathieu Millet, son of Nicolas and Michelle, who married Geneviève Banlia, daughter of François and Marie-Angélique, in Trois-Rivières, Quebec on 7th Janaury 1709 [5]
  • Jean Millet, son of Nicolas and Catherine, who married Barbe Janot, daughter of Robert and Anne, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 20th January 1723 [5]
  • François Millet, son of Jacques and Élisabeth, who married Catherine-Geneviève Leduc, daughter of Joseph and Geneviève, in Montreal, Quebec on 20th October 1727 [5]
  • Augustin Millet, son of Mathieu and Geneviève, who married Marie-Anne Gélina, daughter of Maurice and Charlotte, in Yamachiche, Quebec on 10th May 1750 [5]
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Millet Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Artimas Millet, who arrived in Canada in 1828

Contemporary Notables of the name Millet (post 1700) +

  • Dr. Robert L. Millet (b. 1947), American professor of ancient scripture and emeritus Dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University
  • Francis Davis Millet (1846-1912), American illustrator, painter, and journalist
  • Stephen J. Millet, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Missouri State Senate 16th District, 1946 [6]
  • Charles S. Millet, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Valparaiso, 1943 [6]
  • Jean François Millet (1814-1875), French painter, one of the founders of the Barbizon school in France, perhaps best known for his work The Gleaners which de Picts three peasant women gleaning a field of stray stalks of wheat after the harvest
  • Armand Louis Amélie Millet de Villeneuve, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [7]
  • Théodore François Millet, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [8]
  • Richard Millet (b. 1953), French author
  • Andrea Millet, Italian gold, silver and bronze medalist luger, active in the 1970s
  • Pedro Millet (b. 1952), Spanish silver medalist sailor at the 1976 Summer Olympics
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Francis Davis Millet (d. 1912), aged 65, American First Class passenger from East Bridgewater, Massachusetts who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [9]


  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  5. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 29) Armand Millet. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  8. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 29) Théodore Millet. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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