Mink History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Mink family

The surname Mink 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 Mink family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mink 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 Mink History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mink 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 Mink 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 Mink Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mink Ranking

In the United States, the name Mink is the 5,026th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [4]


United States Mink migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mink Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anders Classon Mink, who arrived in Delaware in 1641 [5]
  • Anders Mink, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1693 [5]
  • Paul Mink, who landed in Delaware in 1693 [5]
Mink Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Hendrig Mink, who landed in New York in 1709 [5]
  • Hendrig Mink, who arrived in New York in 1709 [5]
Mink Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Mink, aged 40, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [5]
  • John Henry Mink, aged 28, who landed in Missouri in 1845 [5]
  • John C Mink, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [5]
  • Peter Mink, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1855 [5]
  • R B Mink, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Mink (post 1700) +

  • James Mink, American son of a freed American slave who became a millionaire in Toronto, Canada in the 1850s, his daughter Mary married an American and was sold into slavery to be later rescued by her father, inspiration of the movie Captive Heart: The James Mink Story
  • Louis O. Mink (1921-1983), American philosopher of history
  • Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink (1927-2002), American politician, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (1977-1978)
  • Ben Mink (b. 1951), Canadian songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer
  • Wilhelm Mink, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 72 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross


  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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