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Where did the English Minshull family come from? What is the English Minshull family crest and coat of arms? When did the Minshull family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Minshull family history?

The lineage of the name Minshull begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the parish of Minshull, which was located five miles from Nantwich in the county of Cheshire. The surname Minshull belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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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 Minshull has undergone many spelling variations, including Minshull, Minshall, Minshaw, Mynshawe, Mynshewe and many more.

First found in Cheshire 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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Minshull research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1359, 1686, 1643, 1686 and 1617 are included under the topic Early Minshull History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 93 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Minshull Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Minshull were among those contributors: Thomas Minshall and his wife Margaret who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; John Minshall who settled in Philadelphia in 1823 and Richard Minshall who settled in Maryland in 1680..

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  • John Minshull (d. 1793), famous English cricketer


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