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Origins Available: English, Scottish


The Mingay surname is thought to come from Mengny, a Breton name derived from the words "men" meaning "stone" and "ki" meaning "dog."

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The surname Mingay was first found in East Anglia, where they are said to descend from a Mingay who was related to William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy. The first on record are Johannes Filius Menghi c. 1154-5, listed in documents for Lincolnshire; Robertus Filius Mingghi, listed in the Cartulary of St. Mary, Clerkenwell, Essex in 1178-81; Richard Mingy listed in 1276 in the Feet of Fines of Essex; and Waryn Mingay, who was a juror at an inquest in London in 1327.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mingee, Mingy, Mingey, Mingay and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mingay research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1520, 1544, 1546, 1554, 1561, 1641, 1675, 1681, 1688, 1813, 1827, and 1833 are included under the topic Early Mingay History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mingay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mingay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Jeffrey Mingay, who arrived in Hampton, NH in 1640

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  • William James Mingay (b. 1784), English Naval officer, made an Admiral of the Royal Navy around 1852
  • James Mingay (1752-1812), English lawyer
  • Oswald Francis Mingay (1895-1973), Australian army officer, publisher, and radio engineer


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The Mingay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mingay 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.

This page was last modified on 15 February 2011 at 09:02.

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