The Minnington name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in either of the settlements named Millington in Cheshire
and the East Riding of Yorkshire
, or at any farm with a mill. The surname Minnington belongs to both the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, and the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.
Early Origins of the Minnington family
The surname Minnington was first found in Cheshire
at Millington, a civil parish or at Millington, a small village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire
. Both were listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086. The Cheshire
parish was listed as Mulintune and at that time was held by William Malbank. Rather small, it had land enough for one plough. However the Yorkshire
listings were spelt Mileton, Milleton and Milletone and each had their own entry. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
These have evolved into the modern day places of Millington Woods, Millington Pastures and Millington Springs. The place name literally means "farmstead with a mill" having derived from the Old English myln + tun. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Minnington family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Minnington research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1598, 1666, 1628 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Minnington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Minnington Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Minnington has undergone many spelling variations
, including Millington, Milington, Mellington and others.
Early Notables of the Minnington family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Gilbert Millington (ca. 1598-1666) English barrister, one of the Regicides of King Charles I of England
, after the Restoration, he was sentenced to death, but was later... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Minnington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Minnington family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Minnington were among those contributors: Joan Millington and her husband, who settled in Virginia in 1650; John Millington was a servant and settled in Barbados in 1680; Nathaniel Millingtons settled in Maryland in 1774.