Mulliner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Mulliner is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a person who was a milner or more commonly know as a miller. The name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon name myln which meant mill. [1]

"The surname is most common in the north and eastern counties, where Scandinavian influence was strong." [2]

Early Origins of the Mulliner family

The surname Mulliner was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Appleton-Roebuck and Nun-Appleton, a township, in the parish of Bolton-Percy, W. division of Ainsty wapentake. "This place comprises by computation 2800 acres, chiefly the property of the Milner family, whose splendid mansion, Nun-Appleton Hall, stands in an extensive and finely wooded park, near the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Wharfe: the house was built by Thomas, Lord Fairfax, on the site of a Cistercian priory for nuns, founded by Alice de St. Quintin at the commencement of the thirteenth century." [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls had only one listing for the family, Robert le Melner in Derbyshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 had two listings, the latter an occupational entry: Robertus Mylner; and Henricus Tele, milner. [4]

The Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire included John le Mulnare in 1275 and later, Robert le Milner was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1297. [2]

In Scotland, entries were quite a bit later as "Andrew Mylnar leased part of the Grange of Abirbothry, 1454 and Paton Mylner, [was] tenant of Westhorn of Grange of Kerso, in 1478." [5]

Early History of the Mulliner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mulliner research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1628, 1702, 1730, 1723, 1730, 1545, 1570, 1760, 1827, 1887, 1789, 1841, 1760, 1897 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Mulliner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mulliner Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Mulliner include Milner, Milnor and others.

Early Notables of the Mulliner family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Milner (1628-1702), an English clergyman, known as a nonjuring minister, scholar and opponent of John Locke. James Milner, 9th Seigneur of Sark (died 1730) bought the fief of Sark from John Johnson in 1723 for £5,000, and was Seigneur of Sark until 1730. Thomas Mulliner (c. 1545-1570), was the Oxford organist who compiled the commonplace Mulliner Book. Arthur Mulliner was the twentieth century name of a coachbuilding business founded in Northampton in 1760 which remained in family ownership. Henry Mulliner...
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United States Mulliner migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Mulliner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Mulliner, who arrived in America in 1773
Mulliner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L Mulliner, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]

New Zealand Mulliner migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mulliner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Cecilia E. Mulliner, (b. 1854), aged 20, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th July 1874 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mulliner (post 1700) +

  • Robert Bouverie Mulliner (1830-1902), English managing director of of Mulliner Chiswick
  • Herbert Hall Mulliner (1861-1924), English managing director of of Mulliners (Birmingham)
  • Henry Mulliner (1827-1887), English managing director of of Mulliner Leamington at Leamington Priors
  • Francis Mulliner (1824-1886), English managing director of Mulliner Northampton, Mulliner Liverpool
  • Francis Mulliner (1789-1841), English managing director of Mulliner Northampton, including Leamington Priors
  • Francis Mulliner (1765-1819), English managing director and owner of Mulliner Coach of Northampton
  • Stephen Mulliner, English international croquet player who won the AC British Open Championship in 1988, 1990, and 2000;
  • William Rice Mulliner (1834-1863), British officer who was the acting governor of the Lagos Colony in 1863


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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