Minney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Minney family

The surname Minney was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century where they held estates and held a family seat at Honiton in that shire.

Early History of the Minney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Minney research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Minney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Minney Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Minifie, Minifee, Minnifee, Minnifie, Minifey, Minnifey, Mennafee, Menifey, Menifie, Mennifie, Menefee, Menafee, Minafie and many more.

Early Notables of the Minney family (pre 1700)

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United States Minney migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Minney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Minney, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Australia Minney migration to Australia +

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

Minney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jeffery Minney, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [2]
  • Isaac Minney, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [2]
  • Joseph Minney, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [2]

New Zealand Minney 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:

Minney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Minney, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • Frederick Minney, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Minney (post 1700) +

  • Bruce Minney (1928-2013), American artist, commercial illustrator for over 40 years
  • John Harry Minney, English former cricketer who played from 1959 to 1967
  • Safia Minney, English business woman and author, founder and CEO of People Tree, a Fair Trade and environmentally conscious fashion label


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm


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