Mines History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Mines family

The surname Mines was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), where the first record of the family was the singular Minna, listed here in the Assize Rolls of 1202. Over one hundred years later, Gostelynus Mynne was found in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1327. [1]

"This surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Min.' There is some evidence in favour of an old personal name Min, which was probably a nick. Minnie is still used as a girl's pet name for Emmeline. " [2]

Another researcher agrees: "This series seems to point to Minn, (the same as Mynn) as an ancient personal name." [3]

Early History of the Mines family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mines research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1492, 1609, 1642, 1665, 1541, 1595, 1748, 1793, 1094, 1184, 1558, 1625, 1666, 1666, 1665, 1623, 1429, 1585, 1599, 1671, 1549, 1550, 1563, 1564, 1571, 1572, 1587, 1588, 1608, 1598, 1817, 1615 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Mines History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mines Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Minn, Minns, Mynn, Mynns, Myn, Min, Mynne, Menne, Minnes, Ming, Ming, Mink, Menn, Mence, Minne, Meny, Mynne, Meene, Mean and many more.

Early Notables of the Mines family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Christopher Myngs (1625-1666), English Admiral and pirate who came of a Norfolk family. It "is said by Pepys to have been of very humble origin, ‘his father being always, and at this day, a shoemaker, and his mother, a hoyman's daughter, of which he was used frequently to boast’ (Diary, 13 June 1666; cf. 26 Oct. 1665). This is certainly exaggerated, if not entirely false. His parents were of well-to-do families in the north of Norfolk. His father, John Myngs, though described in the register of Salthouse, where he was married on 28 Sept...
Another 315 words (22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mines Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mines Ranking

In the United States, the name Mines is the 9,526th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]


United States Mines migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mines Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ralph Mines, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [5]
  • Tho Mines, who arrived in Virginia in 1661 [5]
  • Richard Mines, who arrived in Virginia in 1663-1664 [5]
  • Robert Mines, who landed in Maryland in 1677 [5]
Mines Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Mines, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [5]
  • Rev. Mines, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ 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)


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