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The Milne 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.

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The surname Milne 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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Milne research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1558, 1585, 1657, 1611, 1667, 1633, 1710 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Milne History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 179 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Milne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Milne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Francis Milne, who landed in Maryland in 1707
  • Peter Milne settled in Jamaica in 1774
  • William Milne settled in Philadelphia in 1774
  • William Milne, aged 19, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774

Milne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew Milne, who arrived in America in 1806
  • Robert Milne, aged 26, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • A Milne, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1822
  • Sarah and Joseph Milne settled in New York in 1823 with their two children
  • James H Milne, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866


Milne Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • George Francis Milne, who arrived in Colorado in 1907

Milne Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Alexander Milne U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784

Milne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Robert Milne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Robertson" in 1839
  • William Milne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839
  • Martha Milne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839
  • James Milne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848
  • James Milne, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Caucasian"


Milne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Archibald Milne arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Alexander Milne, aged 26, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Margaret Milne, aged 24, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • William Scott Milne, aged 16, a carpenter, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Wilson Milne, aged 30, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855


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  • Donald George Milne (1934-2016), American lawyer and politician, Member of the Vermont House of Representatives (1967)
  • Marion Carson Milne (1935-2014), American businessperson and politician. Member of the Vermont House of Representatives (1995-2001)
  • Alexander Milne (1742-1838), Scottish American entrepreneur and philanthropist, eponym of Milneburg, Louisiana
  • MacGillivray Milne (1882-1959), United States Navy Captain, the 27th Governor of American Samoa (1936 to 1938)
  • Miss Caroline Milne (d. 1915), English 1st Class Passenger, nurse to Master Stephens residing in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Joshua Milne (1776-1851), English actuary
  • Captain John Theobald Milne MC (1895-1917), English fighter pilot and flying ace in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War credited with nine aerial victories
  • Edward Arthur Milne FRS (1896-1950), English astrophysicist, eponym of the Milne lunar crater
  • Alan Alexander "A. A." Milne (1882-1956), English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various children's poems
  • John Milne (1859-1913), English seismologist

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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.

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  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Milne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Milne Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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