Show ContentsMiln History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Miln surname is derived from the Old English word "mylen," which means "mill." As such, it was likely originally an occupational name for a miller, or perhaps for someone who lived near a mill.

Early Origins of the Miln family

The surname Miln was first found in Roxburghshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Miln family

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Miln Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Milne, Milnes, Miln, Mylne and others.

Early Notables of the Miln family

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was

  • Walter Milne (died April 1558), the last Protestant martyr to be burned at the stake for heresy in Scotland

United States Miln migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Miln Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Miln, who arrived in New York in 1727 [1]

Australia Miln migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Miln Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Miln, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Miln (post 1700) +

  • Alexander Miln, Canadian first manager of the Toronto Professional Hockey Club founded in 1906
  • Barnaby Kemp Graham Miln (b. 1947), British social activist and former magistrate
  • James Miln (1819-1881), Scottish antiquary who excavated many sites around the French village of Carnac in Brittany in the 1860s including the Bosseno Roman villa

The Miln Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tam arte quam marte
Motto Translation: As much by art as strength.

  1. 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)
  2. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The AGINCOURT 1850. Retrieved from on Facebook