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The name Millsap is thought to derive from the Middle English word "milksop," which was "a piece of bread soaked in milk." As a name, it may have evolved from a nickname for a "spiritless" man. It has also been suggested that it mays have been an occupational name for a farmer who dealt with milk products.

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The surname Millsap was first found in Buckinghamshire, England, where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Milksop. This name has often been maligned as referring to an effeminate person, but this is most unlikely, it is more likely from the trade-name as a farmer who dealt with milk products, i.e., the sap or sop of milk or curds and whey. The former explanation is merely an assumption by Victorian historians. The origin of this name is almost exclusively in the heart of the English farming counties of Buckingham, Oxford, and Bedfordshire.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Milksop, Milsop, Millsop, Millsopp, Milsops, Millsops, Millsopps, Mellsop, Mellsopp, Melsops, Mellsopps, Millinchop, Millinshop, Millsap, Millsapp, Milsap, Milsapp, Milsaps and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Millsap research. Another 274 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1300, 1572, 1620, and 1736 are included under the topic Early Millsap History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Millsap Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Millsap family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Millsap Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • William Millsap, aged 51, who settled in Pheonix, Arizona, in 1916
  • Gilbert Millsap, aged 18, who emigrated to Rowland, N.C., in 1917

Millsap Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • William James Millsap, aged 41, who emigrated to Toronto, Ontario, in 1917

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  • Paul Millsap (b. 1985), American professional NBA basketball player


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