Show ContentsMinton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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]

Early Origins of the Minton family

The surname Minton was 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]

Early History of the Minton family

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Minton Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Minton family (pre 1700)

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Minton Ranking

In the United States, the name Minton is the 2,223rd most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [6]

United States Minton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Minton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • David Minton, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [7]
  • Phillip Minton, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [7]
  • Richard Minton, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [7]
  • Edward Minton, who settled in Virginia in 1666
  • Rowland Minton, who settled in Virginia in 1671
Minton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Randolph Minton, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [7]
  • Henry Minton, who settled in Virginia in 1705
  • Joseph Minton, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [7]
  • Andrew Minton, who settled in Boston in 1766
Minton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Minton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [7]

Australia Minton migration to Australia +

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

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, Australia [8]
  • Mary Minton, aged 24, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

Contemporary Notables of the name Minton (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Hugh Chapman Minton (1890-1963), American Director of Resource & Production Division, Army Service Forces (1942) [9]
  • 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
  • John Minton (1950-1995), American professional wrestler
  • Greg Minton (b. 1951), American baseball player
  • O. R. Minton Jr. (b. 1950), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives 78th District, 1993- [10]
  • Morton Minton, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 89th District, 1992 [10]
  • Michael Minton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1884 [10]
  • Maurice M. Minton, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 23rd District, 1900 [10]
  • John William Minton (1875-1959), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives, 1910-11; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940, 1952 [10]
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Minton Motto +

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.

  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)
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  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Hugh Minton. Retrieved from
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from on Facebook