Mingay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Mingay family

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.

Early History of the Mingay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mingay research. Another 93 words (7 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Mingay Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Mingay family (pre 1700)

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United States Mingay migration to the United States +

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 [1]

Australia Mingay migration to Australia +

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

Mingay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Mingay 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:

Mingay Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Mingay, (b. 1845), aged 29, English settler from Suffolk travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mingay (post 1700) +

  • 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


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records of Australia ( retrieved 1st February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/charles-kerr)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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