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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

(Stoke-upon-Trent, co. Stafford). Motto—Pro Deo et patria. Vert three garbs or, within two bars erm. betw. two heraldic tigers pass, one in chief and another in base of the second. Crest—Upon a mount vert an heraldic tiger as in the arms, the dexter paw resting on a garb erect ppr.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Minton Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Surname Name Meaning, Origin, and Etymology
This is a locational last name meaning “of Mindtown” a parish a few miles from Bishop’s Castle in county Salop, and also small locales in Northumberland. Another other states it derives from the village of Minton in county Shropshire. The village name derives from the Welsh word mynedd (mountain) and the Old English or Anglo-Saxon word tun (settlement), and hence the name literally means the mountain town. The Domesday Book of 1086 AD, a survey of Wales and England ordered by William the Conqueror, contains the spelling of this name as Munetune.

A second origin theory is the name derives from the Welsh weord mynech+tun, meaning the monk’s farm, given to a person who lived on or near such a farm. Yet another author believes it derives from the Old English word mynet, meaning coinage. It could also derive from the old Anglo-Saxon personal (first) name Minna.

Spelling Variations
Common spelling variants or names with similar etymologies include Minterne, Mindton, Mindtown, Mintern, and Mintun. A similar foreign name is Minten (Flemish).

Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Minton ranks 2,426th in popularity in terms in the United Status as of the 2000 Census. The name ranks particularly high in the following five states: Kentucky, Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Indiana.

The surname Minton frequency/commonness ranks as follows in the British Isles: England (4,965th), Scotland (7,449th), Wales (2,076th), and Ireland (5,450th). In England, it ranks highest in Shropshire and Herefordshire. In Scotland, it ranks highest in Aberdeenshire. In Wales, it ranks highest in Radnorshire.
In Ireland, the Minton last name it ranks highest in Galway.

The name is also present throughout the remainder English speaking world:  Canada (27,448th), New Zealand (5,908th), Australia (6,861st), and South Africa (35,546th).

The 1890 book Homes of Family Names by H.B. Guppy, states the following in regard to this surname: “The Mintons and the Munslows take their names from parishes in the county”.

Early Bearers of the Surname
The earliest known bearer of this surname was Jordan de Minton in the Pipe Rolls of Northumberland in 1169 AD. A one Richard de Minton was listed in the Assize Rolls of Shropshire in 1221 AD. The Hundred Rolls of 1273 AD, a census of Wales and England, known in Latin as Rotuli Hundredorum lists four bearers of this surname: Peter de Mineton in Shropshire. Jordan de Minton in county Northumberland  (in 1169 AD?) Peter de Mineton in counties Salop and Stafford is documented in the Testa de Neville, sive Liber Feodorum during the era of King Henry III and Edward I of England. Early marriages involving this surname include Samuel Minton to Ann Grimsley at St. George’s Chapel, Mayfield in 1744 and Francis Minton to Lucy Coleman at St. George’s Hanover Square in 1796.

History, Genealogy, and Ancestry
A one Thomas Minton was born in Suffolk, Virginia in 1675. He had a son named Benjamin. This Benjamin Minton was born in Virginia in 1711 and he married Martha Braswell. They had a son together named John. John was born in 1740 and he had a son named Philip. Phillip Minton was born in Virginia in 1765 and he married Lavina Watkins with whom he had the following issue: Mary (Hodge), Hannah, Richard, and Phillip Jr. His son Richard was born in 1790 and he married Elizabeth Robinson and he had a son with her named Mitchell. Mitchell Minton was born in 1840 and he married Rachel Keck and had the following issue with her: Levi, Hattie (Cole), Paris, Myrtie, and David. His son David was born in 1902 and died in 1963 in Tennessee.

Michael L. Minton was born in Ireland in 1858. He married Catherine Shields and had the following issue with her: John James, William Lawrence, Rose C., and Mary.

Early American and New World Settlers
Early settlers in colonial America bearing this name include David Minton (Virginia 1637), Phillip Minton (Virginia 1657), Richard Minton (Maryland 1661), Randolph Minton (1701), Henry Minton (Virginia 1705), and Andrew Minton (Boston 1766). In Australia, one of the earliest settlers bearing this last name was Charles Minton, a convict from Warwick, England who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) aboard the Arab in 1822.

Bishop's Castle
Silvanus Minton

Silvanus Minton, progenitor of the Mintons of Alabama and most of the Mintons of Arkansas

Henry Collin Minton

Henry Collin Minton

Early Americans Bearing the Carson Family Crest
I researched the following three resources and did not find any coats of arms for Grey: Bolton’s American Armory, Matthew’s American Armoury and Bluebook, and Crozier’s General Armory.

The Minton family motto is Pro Deo et patria, meaning “For God and country”.

We have one coats of arms for the Minton surname depicted here. This one blazon is from Bernard Burke’s book The General Armory of England, Ireland, and Scotland, which was published in 1848. The bottom of this page contains the blazons, and in many instances contains some historical, geographical, and genealogical about where coat of arms was found and who bore it. People with this last name that bore a Minton Coat of Arms include:
1) Minton of Stoke, county Stafford, 1829-30.

There are hundreds of notable people with the Minton surname. This page will mention a handful. Famous people with this last name include: 1) Anna Minton (1970) who is a British writer, academic, and journalist who has won several national journalism awards and was educated at Queen’s College Oxford, 2) Henry Collin Minton (1855-1924) who was the chairman of the Systematic Theology in the San Francisco Seminary born in Prosperity, PA, 3) Sherman Minton (1890-1965) who was a Senator from Indiana and Associated Justice of the Supreme Court nominated by President Harry Truman, 4) Thomas Minton (1765-1836) who was an Englisher potter who started a major ceramic manufacturing company known as Thomas Minton & Sons, 5) Yvotte Fay Minton (1938) who was an Australian born operate singer who did much work in Britain, and 6) Francis John Minton (1917-1957) who was an English painter and illustrator educated in France.

Minton Coat of Arms Meaning

The three main devices (symbols) in the Minton blazon are the garb, bar and heraldic tiger. The two main tinctures (colors) are vert and or.

The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” 1. It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found 2. More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald 3. More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.4. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 5. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.6.

Europe in the middle ages was still a largely agrarian society, and the wealth of the nobility resided in their estates and land. Since most people still lived and worked on the land they would find farm implements instantly recognisable, (an important feature for a coat of arms), even if they seem obscure to us today. 7 The garb for example is an ancient word for wheatsheaf, something now more frequently seen in Inn signs than in the field! 8

The bar is a thin, horizontal stripe across the centre of the shield 9, usually in groups of two or three (any more and there would be confusion with barry, a treatment of horizontal lines of alternating colours). Bars can be a distinctive and easily recognised device, early examples include those awarded by Henry III of England to the family MAUDYT Argent, two bars gules.

In the mediaeval period there was no real percieved difference between real and mythical animals, after all, much of the world remained unknown and who was to say what strange and magical creatures existed in distant lands? 10 The tiger is an interesting example here being named after a real animal but depicted in rather and mythical appearance. 11 Later arms came to use a more lifelike appearance and the usage of heraldic tiger and natual tiger arose to make the distinction. Wade tells us that the mythical bearing of such a creature signifies “great fierceness and valour when enraged” and suggests that we should be wary as the holder may be “one whosee resentment will be dangerous if aroused”! 12

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Bonnie Dawson commented on 23-Oct-2018
My great grandfather was Mac Minton of Bertie County, NC. I was told he was the son on Irish immigrants. He owned a dry goods store in Aulander, NC. His father was Rayford Minton, we think. Mack married Jenny Senate ( probably named Jeanette or Virginia). They had 6 children; Florence, Ola, Nancy, Raleigh, Winiford, Eilliam McKinley, and Patrick Winston, my grandfather. There were also 3 cousins; Bynum, Cherry, and Dewey. One of these men was a barber and owned a shop in Aulander. Some of the siblings moved to Nrisyol, VA in approx 1899, but I don’t know which. I would love to find out which place in Ireland they are from
Nicole Minton commented on 11-Oct-2018
Mintons are the best♡♡♡


  • 1 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 2 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert
  • 3 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
  • 4 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
  • 5 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
  • 6 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 7 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 86
  • 8 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Garbe
  • 9 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Bar
  • 10 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P191
  • 11 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Tiger
  • 12 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P63