The Minzay 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Minzay family
The surname Minzay was first found in Shropshire
at Minton, a township, in the parish and union of Church-Stretton, hundred
of Munslow. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The place name dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was first listed as Munetune. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
There is another Minton in England
. "Probably also some smaller spot in co. Northumberland
. But this family has sprung from Shropshire." CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Minzay family
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Minzay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Minton, Mineton, Mindton, Mindtown and others.
Early Notables of the Minzay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Minzay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: David Minton, who settled in Virginia in 1637; Phillip Minton, who arrived in Virginia in 1657; Richard Minton, who came to Maryland in 1661; Edwd Minton, who settled in Virginia in 1666.
The Minzay 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.