Minshall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Minshall is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in the parish of Minshull, which was located five miles from Nantwich in the county of Cheshire. This parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was known as Maneshale. [1]

Early Origins of the Minshall family

The surname Minshall was first found in Cheshire at Minshull Vernon. "The manor belonged anciently to the Vernons, from whom it passed to the family of Aldeton, sometimes called Oldington and Oulton; it was subsequently divided among the Starkies, Newtons, and Minshulls." [2]

Later some of the family were found at Alsager, again in Cheshire. "The manor [of Alsager] was at an early period in the possession of the Vernon family, and subsequently in that of the family of Minshull." [2]

Early History of the Minshall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Minshall research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1359, 1686, 1643, 1686, 1560, 1627, 1638, 1728, 1608, 1674 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Minshall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Minshall Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Minshall family name include Minshull, Minshall, Minshaw, Mynshawe, Mynshewe and many more.

Early Notables of the Minshall family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Richard Minshull or Minshall (died 1686), an English academic, Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (1643-1686); and John Minsheu (or Minshew) (1560-1627), English lexicographer who taught languages in London, his dictionary "Guide to Tongues" provides equivalents of eleven languages and is a valuable reference...
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Minshall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Minshall migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Minshall surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Minshall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Minshall who settled in Maryland in 1680
  • Richard Minshall, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 [3]
  • Thomas Minshall and his wife Margaret who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Thomas Minshall, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [3]
  • Rachel Minshall, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1697 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Minshall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Minshall who settled in Philadelphia in 1823
Minshall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfred J. Minshall, aged 28, who settled in America from Liverpool, England, in 1907
  • Josiah Minshall, aged 22, who landed in America from Stoke, England, in 1907
  • Sarah Minshall, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Birkenhead, England, in 1910
  • George H. Minshall, aged 21, who landed in America from Wolverhampter, England, in 1911
  • Ivy Muriel Minshall, aged 4, who settled in America from Birkenhead, England, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Minshall migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Minshall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Minshall, English convict who was convicted in Derby, Derbyshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mary Minshall, aged 21, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"

Contemporary Notables of the name Minshall (post 1700) +

  • Thaddeus Armstrong Minshall (1834-1908), Republican politician from Ohio
  • James Edward "Jim" Minshall (b. 1947), former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • William Edwin Minshall Jr. (1911-1990), Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio
  • William Edwin Minshall Jr. (1911-1990), American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives, 1939-40 [5]
  • William A. Minshall, American politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention from Schuyler County, 1847 [5]
  • Stanley C. Minshall, American politician, Mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, 1951 [5]
  • Deloss W. Minshall, American politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 7th Indiana District, 1879 [5]
  • Barbara J. Minshall (b. 1953), Canadian Thoroughbred racehorse trainer and owner, recipient of the 1996 Sovereign Award


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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