Minard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Minard family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Germanic personal name Mainard, which is composed of the elements magin, which means strength, and hard, which means hardy, brave or strong. This personal name was popular among the Normans and it was brought to England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats. The Normans imported a vast number of Norman French personal names, which largely replaced traditional Old English personal names among the upper and middle classes.

Early Origins of the Minard family

The surname Minard was first found in Suffolk at Hoxne, a parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Hoxne. "Hoxne Hall, for many generations the residence of the Maynard family. In the north aisle [of the church] is a monument, with a group of figures finely sculptured in marble, to the memory of Sir Thomas Maynard, erected in 1742, by Christopher Stanley, Esq. A school, now in union with the National Society, was founded and endowed by Lord Maynard." [1]

Important Dates for the Minard family

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Minard Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Maynard, Mainard and others.

Early Notables of the Minard family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Maynard, 1st Baron Maynard (c.1589-1640), an English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Essex (1635-1640), Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire (1640) and Custos Rotulorum of Essex in 1640; William Maynard, 2nd Baron Maynard (1623-1699); Banastre Maynard, 3rd Baron Maynard (c 1642-1718), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Essex (1663-1679); Sir William Maynard, 1st Baronet (1641-1685), an English...
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Migration of the Minard family to Ireland

Some of the Minard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Minard migration to the United States

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Minard or a variant listed above:

Minard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Minard, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1658 [2]
Minard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Louis Minard, aged 15, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [2]
  • Antoine Minard, who arrived in New York in 1798 [2]
  • Francis Minard, who landed in New York in 1798 [2]
Minard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas A Minard, who arrived in America in 1801 [2]

Minard migration to Australia

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

Minard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Minard, aged 28, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Caucasian" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Minard (post 1700)

  • Joseph M. "Joe" Minard, American politician, Democratic member of the West Virginia Senate
  • Abel Minard (1814-1871), American industrialist and entrepreneur
  • Linda Minard, born Linda Maxwell, Korean-born, American figure competitor, actress and fitness model
  • Ricky Donell Minard Jr. (b. 1982), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Dr. Levi "the King of Pain" Minard, from Hants County, Nova Scotia, creator of Minard's Liniment in the 1860s which was seen widespread throughout the Maritime provinces and in Newfoundland
  • Sébastien Minard (b. 1982), French professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam ALM
  • Christopher Minard (b. 1981), Canadian AHL ice hockey player
  • Michael Edward Roger "Mike" Minard (b. 1976), retired Canadian professional NHL ice hockey goaltender who played for the Edmonton Oilers
  • Charles Joseph Minard (1781-1870), French civil engineer, best known for his work in the field of information graphics
  • Minard Harder, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1870 [4]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caucasian 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caucasian1853.shtml
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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