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The name Minor was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Minor family lived in Herefordshire. Occupational 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.

Minor Early Origins



The surname Minor 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. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

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Minor Spelling Variations


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Minor Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Mynors, Minors, Miners, Mynor, Myner, Miner and others.

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Minor Early History


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Minor Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Minor 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 Minor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Minor Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Minor Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Miners, English politician, High Sheriff of Herefordshire 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 Minor 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 political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Minor or a variant listed above:

Minor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Minor settled in Salem in 1629
  • Thomas Minor settled in Connecticut in 1630
  • Doodes Minor, who landed in Virginia in 1640
  • Katherine Minor, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • Charles Minor, who landed in Maryland in 1649
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Minor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Maria Wilhelmine Philippine Minor, who arrived in America in 1854
  • Joh Wilh Minor, who arrived in America in 1854
  • Karl Minor, who arrived in America in 1854
  • Charles W Minor, who arrived in America in 1893

Minor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Salmon Minor, who arrived in Canada in 1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name Minor (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Minor (post 1700)



  • Mike Minor (1940-2016), stage name of Michael Fedderson, an American actor, best known for his role as Steve Elliott on Petticoat Junction (1966-1970)
  • Robert Berkeley "Bob" Minor (1884-1952), American political cartoonist, a radical journalist, and a leading member of the American Communist Party
  • Blas Minor Jr. (b. 1966), retired American Major League Baseball player
  • Michael David "Mike" Minor (b. 1987), American professional left-handed starting pitcher
  • Thomas Taylor Minor (1844-1889), American Republican politician, Mayor of Port Townsend, Washington, 1881; Mayor of Seattle, Washington, 1887-88
  • Edward Minor, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1932
  • Donald E. Minor Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 7th District, 1998, 2000
  • Clifford J. Minor, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, 2010
  • Clifford E. Minor, American politician, Warden (Borough President) of Fair Haven East, Connecticut, 1917
  • Charles S. Minor, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Plymouth, 1918
  • ... (Another 34 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Minor


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Suggested Readings for the name Minor



  • Thomas Minor, Descendants by John A. Miner.
  • The Gardiner-Squires Connection: an Account of the Gardiner Family of Gardiner's Island, Long Island, New York by Tiger Gardiner.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  11. ...

The Minor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Minor 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.

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