Milner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The founding heritage of the Milner family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Milner comes from when one of the family worked as a person who was a milner or more commonly know as a miller. The name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon name myln which meant mill. [1]

"The surname is most common in the north and eastern counties, where Scandinavian influence was strong." [2]

Early Origins of the Milner family

The surname Milner was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Appleton-Roebuck and Nun-Appleton, a township, in the parish of Bolton-Percy, W. division of Ainsty wapentake. "This place comprises by computation 2800 acres, chiefly the property of the Milner family, whose splendid mansion, Nun-Appleton Hall, stands in an extensive and finely wooded park, near the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Wharfe: the house was built by Thomas, Lord Fairfax, on the site of a Cistercian priory for nuns, founded by Alice de St. Quintin at the commencement of the thirteenth century." [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls had only one listing for the family, Robert le Melner in Derbyshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 had two listings, the latter an occupational entry: Robertus Mylner; and Henricus Tele, milner. [4]

The Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire included John le Mulnare in 1275 and later, Robert le Milner was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1297. [2]

In Scotland, entries were quite a bit later as "Andrew Mylnar leased part of the Grange of Abirbothry, 1454 and Paton Mylner, [was] tenant of Westhorn of Grange of Kerso, in 1478." [5]

Early History of the Milner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Milner research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1628, 1702, 1730, 1723, 1730, 1545, 1570, 1760, 1827, 1887, 1789, 1841, 1760, 1897 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Milner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Milner Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Milner has been spelled many different ways, including Milner, Milnor and others.

Early Notables of the Milner family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Milner (1628-1702), an English clergyman, known as a nonjuring minister, scholar and opponent of John Locke. James Milner, 9th Seigneur of Sark (died 1730) bought the fief of Sark from John Johnson in 1723 for £5,000, and was Seigneur of Sark until 1730. Thomas Mulliner (c. 1545-1570), was the Oxford organist who compiled the commonplace Mulliner Book. Arthur Mulliner was the twentieth century name of a coachbuilding business founded in Northampton in 1760 which remained in family ownership. Henry Mulliner...
Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Milner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Milner Ranking

In the United States, the name Milner is the 2,654th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [6] However, in the United Kingdom, the name Milner is ranked the 721st most popular surname with an estimated 9,278 people with that name. [7]


United States Milner migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Milners to arrive in North America:

Milner Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Milner, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Robert Milner, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625 [8]
  • Michael Milner, who arrived in New England in 1635
  • Samuel Milner, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Michell Milner, aged 23, who arrived in New England in 1635 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Milner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Fredk Milner, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [8]
  • William Milner, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [8]
  • Hans Michael Milner, who landed in New Jersey in 1744 [8]
Milner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Milner, who arrived in America in 1805 [8]
  • Elizabeth Milner, who arrived in New York in 1834 [8]
  • Isaac Milner, who arrived in Mississippi in 1846 [8]
  • William Milner, who arrived in New York in 1849 [8]
  • Samuel Milner, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Milner migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Milner Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Milner, who landed in Prince Edward Island in 1817

Australia Milner migration to Australia +

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

Milner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Milner migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Milner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Milner, aged 38, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Sarah Milner, aged 41, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • George Milner, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Rosanna Milner, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Jane Milner, aged 5, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Milner (post 1700) +

  • Martrez Milner (b. 1984), former American NFL football tight end who played from 2007 to 2009
  • John David Milner (1949-2000), American Major League Baseball first baseman and left fielder, nicknamed "The Hammer"
  • Colonel John T. Milner (1826-1898), American engineer and businessman, founder of Milner Coal and Railroad Mines
  • Helen V. Milner (b. 1958), American political scientist
  • Martin Sam Milner (1931-2015), American film, stage, radio and television actor, best known for his roles in Route 66 (1960 to 1964), and Adam-12 (1968 to 1975)
  • Edward James Milner (1955-2015), American Major League Baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds (1980-1986) and in 1988
  • Rev. Isaac Milner FRS (1750-1820), English mathematician, inventor and Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, President of Queens' College, Cambridge
  • Marcus Henry Milner (1864-1939), English racehorse trainer, soldier, civil servant and cricketer who played two first-class cricket matches for Cambridge University in 1884
  • John David Milner (b. 1948), English magician, stage and television performer
  • John Milner (1752-1826), English Roman Catholic bishop and controversialist, Vicar Apostolic of the Midland District from 1803 to 1826
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Cornwall
  • John Stanley Milner, British Lieutenant Commander aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [14]


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dunvegan-castle
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  13. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif
  14. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A


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