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The Minton surname was a habitational name taken from a place so named, in Shropshire. The placed name Minton is derived from the Welsh word "mynydd" meaning "hill," and the Old English word "tun," meaning "enclosure," or "settlement." [1]

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Minton, Mineton, Mindton, Mindtown and others.

First found in Shropshire at Minton, a township, in the parish and union of Church-Stretton, hundred of Munslow. [2] The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Munetune. [3] There is another Minton in England. "Probably also some smaller spot in co. Northumberland. But this family has sprung from Shropshire." [4] The earliest record of the family was Walter de Muneton who was listed in the Select Pleas of the Forest for Shropshire in 1209. A few years later, Richard de Minton was listed in the Assize Rolls of Shropshire in 1221. [5]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Minton research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Minton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Minton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • David Minton, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • David Minton, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Phillip Minton, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • Richard Minton, who came to Maryland in 1661
  • Richard Minton, who arrived in Maryland in 1661


Minton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Randolph Minton, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Henry Minton, who came to Virginia in 1705
  • Joseph Minton, who came to Virginia in 1705
  • Joseph Minton, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Andrew Minton, who came to Boston in 1766

Minton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Minton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878

Minton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Charles Minton, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Mary Minton, aged 24, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

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  • Brigadier-General Hugh Chapman Minton (1890-1963), American Director of Resource & Production Division, Army Service Forces (1942)
  • Sherman Anthony Minton Jr. (1919-1999), American herpetologist and toxicologist who authored more than fifty books and papers, eponym of numerous species including Proacris mintoni, Coluber karelini mintonorum and more
  • John D. Minton Jr. (b. 1952), American Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court
  • O. R. Minton Jr. (b. 1950), American Democrat politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives 78th District, 1993-
  • Morton Minton, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 89th District, 1992
  • Michael Minton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1884
  • Maurice M. Minton, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 23rd District, 1900
  • John William Minton (1875-1959), American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives, 1910-11; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940, 1952
  • Anna Minton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1952
  • Sherman Minton (1890-1965), American Democrat politician, Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, 1941-49; Justice of U.S. Supreme Court, 1949-56

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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: Pro Deo et patria
Motto Translation: For God and country.

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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The Minton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Minton 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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