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The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the Minnis family. The root of their name is the personal name Naos, which is a dialectal form of Aonghus or Angus. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Neis, which is derived from the earlier form Mac Naois; both of these mean son of Angus. Thus, the name Minnis is a cognate of MacAngus and MacInnes.

Minnis Early Origins



The surname Minnis was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Minnis Spelling Variations


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Minnis Spelling Variations



Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Minnis has appeared in various documents spelled MacNeish, MacNeice, MacNish, MacNess, MacKness, MacNeece and many more.

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Minnis Early History


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Minnis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Minnis research. Another 238 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1522 is included under the topic Early Minnis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Minnis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Minnis Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Minnis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Minnis In Ireland


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Minnis In Ireland



Some of the Minnis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Minnis or a variant listed above:

Minnis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Day Minnis, who arrived in America in 1805
  • David Minnis, aged 23, landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805
  • Hugh Minnis, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • William Minnis, aged 25, landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • David Minnis, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Cavan, Ireland, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Minnis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George E. Minnis, aged 36, who emigrated to America from Co Down, in 1904
  • Samuel Minnis, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, in 1906
  • Anna Minnis, aged 25, who landed in America from Portadoun, Ireland, in 1907
  • Mary Jane Minnis, aged 40, who landed in America from Carlisle, in 1907
  • Thomas J. Minnis, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Rothesay, Scotland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Minnis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Minnis (post 1700)



  • Karen Minnis (b. 1954), American politician, 63rd Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives (2003-2006)
  • Chelsey Minnis (b. 1970), American poet
  • Michael Minnis, American Daytime Emmy Award and Writers Guild of America Award winning television soap opera writer
  • Marvin "Snoop" Minnis (b. 1977), former professional American football wide receiver
  • Jack Minnis (d. 2005), American activist
  • John Minnis (b. 1953), former American Republican legislator and police officer

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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: Animo non astutia
Motto Translation: By courage, not by craft.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    11. ...

    The Minnis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Minnis 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 21 January 2016 at 19:47.

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