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The Irish name Minney was originally written in a Gaelic form as O Maolmhuaidh, which is derived from the word "muadh," which has the dual meaning of "noble" and "big and soft."

Minney Early Origins



The surname Minney was first found in County Offaly (Irish: Uíbh Fháilí) originally the Kingdom of Uí Failghe, located in central Ireland in the Province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Minney Spelling Variations


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Minney Spelling Variations



Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Minney family name. Variations found include Molloy, Mulloy, Miley, O'Molloy, O'Mulloy, Mullee and many more.

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Minney Early History


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Minney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Minney research. Another 297 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1110 is included under the topic Early Minney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Minney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Minney Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Minney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Minney or a variant listed above, including:

Minney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J Minney, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Minney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jeffery Minney, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon"
  • Isaac Minney, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon"
  • Joseph Minney, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon"

Minney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Minney arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • Frederick Minney arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Minney (post 1700)


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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

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Malo mori quam foedari
Motto Translation: I would rather die than be disgraced.


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Minney Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    8. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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    The Minney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Minney 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 24 January 2014 at 08:19.

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