Millsap Surname History

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.

Early Origins of the Millsap family

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.

Early History of the Millsap family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Millsap research. Another 89 words (6 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Millsap Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Millsap family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Millsap family to Ireland

Some of the Millsap family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Millsap migration to the United States +

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 immigrated to Rowland, N.C., in 1917

Canada Millsap migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Millsap Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • William James Millsap, aged 41, who immigrated to Toronto, Ontario, in 1917

Contemporary Notables of the name Millsap (post 1700) +

  • Elijah Millsap (b. 1987), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Paul Millsap (b. 1985), American professional NBA basketball player


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