Minister History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Minister family

The surname Minister was first found in Cornwall where the family derive their name from Minster, a parish in the deanery of Trigg-Minor, and in the hundred of Lesnewth.

"The word Minster whatever might have been its primitive signification, has been used from time immemorial to import a monastry for Monks, a retired, solitary, religious people, who used artificial music during divine service. Consonant with this import, it appears both from Speed and Dugdale, that at Tolcarne, which signifies the rock chapel or cell, William de Bottreaux about the time of Richard I. founded and endowed an alien priory of black Monks," [1]

Early History of the Minister family

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Minister Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Minster, Minsterchamber and others.

Early Notables of the Minister family (pre 1700)

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United States Minister migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Minister Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Chaia Minister, aged 17, who landed in America from Plotel, in 1898
  • Charles Minister, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Norwich, in 1898
Minister Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Amy Minister, aged 15, who settled in America from London, in 1906
  • Clara Anna Minister, aged 26, who settled in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Alwin Minister, aged 18, who landed in America from Wilhelmsborg, Germany, in 1912
  • Edward James Minister, aged 52, who settled in Boston, U.S.A., in 1924

Canada Minister migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Minister Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Alfred Minister, aged 60, who landed in Canada, in 1912


  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print


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