Minnor is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Minnor family lived in Herefordshire
names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. In this case, this surname likely also was derived from the trade name for a miner.
Early Origins of the Minnor family
The surname Minnor was first found in Herefordshire
. "This gallant Norman family appears to have been rewarded by grants of land in Herefordshire. Certain it is that the estate of Treago in that county has been held by the family of Mynors from the era of the Conquest even to the present day, [c.1880] being now possessed by Peter Rickards Mynors Esq., who also represents the great and historic house of Baskerville of Erdesley, and derives in direct descent from the royal line of Plantagenet. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Minnor family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Minnor research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1500, 1720, 1501, 1609, 1677, 1654, 1660, 1608, 1690 and 1629 are included under the topic Early Minnor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Minnor Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Mynors, Minors, Miners, Mynor, Myner, Miner and others.
Early Notables of the Minnor family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Miners, English politician, High Sheriff
in 1501; Thomas Minors (1609-1677), an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Minnor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Minnor family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Minnor or a variant listed above were: Anne Mynor and her husband who settled in Virginia in 1637; John Minor settled in Virginia in 1663; Samuel Minor settled in New York in 1663; Thomas Minor settled in Conn. in 1630.