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England - Minnell to Minney

The surname Minnell which appears to be the origin for Minney in Northamptonshire also appears occasionally in Yorkshire as a spelling of Mennell. This is not uncommon as the letters 'i' and 'e' were often interchanged in old parish register entries. It is interesting that to date I have not found an instance of Mennell changing to Minnell which suggests that the surname is pronounced 'Mennell' in Yorkshire. That is not to say that a migrating Mennell could not become a Minnell.

The surname Mennell is derived from Meynell which was a landed gentry family from North Yorkshire (Sir Nicholas de Meynell) circa 12th century. I have seen a transcription of the knights of Henry III which was carried out in the 1550s. A certain Sir Hugh Menyll had been transcribed as Sir Hugh Meyni. The authority that published this transcription believes this to be an error perpetuated over the years - but no proof was supplied to substantiate this. Mesnil/Menil is a French surname believed to be not uncommon in Normandy but it is not known if it came across with William the Conqueror.

One theory for the change from Minnell to Minney is that in Old French the stress was on the last syllable; Minn-ELL. When the surname became anglicised the stress moved to the first syllable; MINN-ell, at this point the surname became more English in pronunciation; MINNel. Since this would have made little sense and the 'll' is a weak sound easily lost, the alternative Minney grew up. The loss of the 'll' is more easily understood if the name holder moved, was illiterate, misheard by a clergyman who did not understand the dialect etc.

There is another theory that the name Minney may be derived from Minall (itself derived from the place name of Mildenhall in Wiltshire). This may explain the appearance of Minney in Abingdon, Berkshire amongst others away from Northamptonshire.

The East Meon, Hampshire Minalls (also recorded as Minell and Minnell) can be traced back to the Minalls of Bedwyn, Wilts. Five Minalls from Ramsbury, Wiltshire emigrated to Pennsylvannia in 1682 (Quakers) and changed their name to Meldenhall.

A useful website is that of The Mendenall Family History

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England - Long Buckby, Northamptonshire

The surname Minney first appears in the parish records of Long Buckby, Northants at the start of the 17th century as a variant spelling of Mennell/Mynnell (baptism of Thomas son of Richard Myni 2nd October 1603). Unfortunately, due to the English Civil War and other mishaps there are a lot of gaps in the parish records. The parish register entries are few and far between and peter out in 1677 with the burial of Amey Minney, wife of Thomas. It does suggest that there was just the one family of Mennell/Minney at this time in Long Buckby. For interest I will list all the entries here;

  • Thomas son of Richard Mynnell baptised 2nd May 1570
    • Parish register gap from 1570 to 1583
  • Richard Mannell (or Menell) wed Mary Alkins on 26th Oct 1599
  • Alles daughter of Richard Mynnell and his wife baptised on 15th June 1600
  • Thomas son of Richard Myni baptised on 2nd Oct 1603
  • Daniell son of Richard Minye and his wife baptised 21st Dec 1606
    • Parish register gap from 1611 to 1620
  • Mary wife of Richard Minnell buried 26th Jan 1630/1
  • Alice Minney wed William Tomson on 27th Aug 1636
  • February 1641, Richard Minney appears in a parish register list (probably a Protestation Roll)
    • Parish register gap from 1641 to 1651
  • Thomas son of Thomas Minel and his wife Mary baptised on 28th Jun 1668
  • Elizabeth daughter of Thomas Minney and Amey his wife baptised on 1st Jan 1673/4, aged one year; and finally;
  • Amey wife of Thomas buried 23rd Feb 1676/7.

In addition to the above, Richard Mynell is a witness to a will dated 17th Feb 1568/9 and in December 1602, a Thomas Attkins leaves in his will a pair of sheets and one heifer to his daughter Mary Mennell, and to his granddaughter Alice, a lamb at Michaelmas.

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England - Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire

The name then reappears at Yardley Hastings, Northants in 1687, as both Minney and Minnell in various parish register entries, mostly Minnell to begin with, and then by 1750 as just Minney. It is not known whether or not this is the same family line that has moved from Long Buckby. The majority of persons researching their line of Minney tend to end up in Yardley Hastings. These are the earliest register entries:

  • Elizabeth daughter of William Miny baptised on 2nd February 1687
  • Thomas Minny is shown on a marriage licence granted at Yardley Hastings as the intended husband of Elizabeth Jeoffrey. However, the couple wed at St Sepulchre, Northampton on 30th July 1695. Surname spelt Minney.Their children from the Yardley Hastings registers are;
    1. Thomas Minney baptised on 31st October 1697, buried 18th December 1713, surname now shown as Minnell
    2. Elizabeth Mimmey baptised 3rd Oct 1700, buried 13th April 1718, surname now shown as Minnel
    3. Sarah Minnell (Minney has been overwritten with Minnell) baptised 26th May 1703, buried 8th July 1725
    4. Frances Minnell baptised 28th April 1706
    5. John Minnell baptised 5th Mar 1709
    6. Samuel Minnill baptised 25th July 1711, buried 21st April 1726
    7. Daniel and Thomas (twins) Minnell baptised 25th May 1716, Daniel buried 5th Nov 1716
  • Their mother Elizabeth was buried on 27th May 1717 and Thomas, their father was buried on 18th May 1721.

Shortly after Thomas, their father died in 1721, Frances was indentured to Thomas Underwood of Yardley Hastings. Nothing is known of what became of John baptised in 1709 and Thomas baptised in 1716, although John may possibly be the John Minney that ends up in Great Barford, Bedfordshire (see later).

There were other Minney/Minnells in Yardley Hastings at this time;

  • William Minnel buried 18th May 1721, described as a labourer, probably the father of Elizabeth Miny (see first entry above)
  • and another William Minell who wed Ann Drage 18th July 1718, these Williams' are not the same as children of William and Ann were being baptised some years after William's burial in 1721.

Also, there are two Minnell marriages that I cannot find, where the baptisms have taken place in Yardley Hastings showing these two couples to be the parents, namely;

  • Thomas and Mary Minnell who would have been married prior to 1738 and;
  • Henry and Sarah Minnell who would have been married prior to 1749

This does suggest that there are probably other Minney/Minnell references to be found in surrounding parishes or in Northampton town itself.

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England - Brackley, Northamptonshire

One odd name change is that of Minin to Minnil/Minill/Minnell discovered at Brackley, Northants;

  • Daniel son of Thomas and Katherine Minin baptised on 3rd September 1681

The family name changes to Minnell/Minnill over the next fifty years (one or two entries were also recorded as Mining). Again there does appear to be just one family involved. I have searched the parish registers to 1837 (just over 100 entries found) and the last entry for Minnel is in 1832;

  • Elizabeth Minnel buried 4th July 1832.

As yet I am not certain how Brackley ties in with the history of Minney.

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England - Hereford

The name Minney also occurs in Hereford in the early 18th century and persists into the 19th with some thirty or more parish register entries. The first positive parish register entry is in 1727 in the parish of St Peter, Hereford;

  • William Minney wed Margaret Bainham 4th April 1727

There are in the parish registers for St Owen, Hereford some earlier entries from 1675 for Menney, Munny and Money. Other registers have yet to be searched in Hereford, so more entries may be forthcoming.

Peterchurch in Herefordshire also has entries from 1670 to 1692 for the family of Meney (Menney/Money). This parish register is not with the record office and has yet to be searched.

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England - Abingdon, Berkshire - Boat people

In Abingdon, Berks in the late 1600s there are several entries for Minney beginning with;

  • William Minney baptised on 27th August 1682 (no parents named)

Thereafter there are 20 or so further entries for Minney and then they cease in 1762;

  • William Minney, from Christs Hospital Almshouses buried on 28th December 1762

Again, this looks like just one family. The Abingdon Minneys were described as boat people in some of the register entries. Abingdon at this time was a prosperous inland port on the River Thames.

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Wales - Swansea, Glamorgan

There is also a line of Minney in Wales. It appears in the mid 19thc in Swansea, Glamorganshire. The 1881 census indicates that these Minneys, John and Sarah Minney, are one family that originated in Ireland. This is the family;

  • John Minney, head, age 50, labourer, born Ireland
  • Sarah Minney, wife, age 50, born Ireland
  • Thomas Minney, son, age 20, labourer, born Swansea
  • David Minney, son, age 18, labourer, born Swansea
  • Henry Minney, son, age 16, labourer, born Swansea
  • William Minney, son, age 14, scholar, born Swansea
  • Sarah Ann Minney, daughter, age 12, scholar, born Swansea
  • Mary Ellen Minney, daughter, age 9, scholar, born Swansea

Also recorded in the census is the following family that may be related;

  • John Minnie, head, age 30, labourer, born Swansea
  • Mary Minnie, wife, age 29, born Swansea
  • Frederick Minnie, son, age 6, scholar, born Swansea

According to my notes taken from the General Register Office records, none of the above Swansea births were registered in Wales, let alone Swansea. The marriage between John Minnie and Mary does not appear anywhere in England and Wales. I suspect that the whole family came from Ireland. Hopefully, a later census may give the answer.

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Minnell - Moulsoe, Buckinghamshire, England

In the 19th century there is this family of Minnell in Buckinghamshire.

  • Thomas Minnell wed Mary King on 10th June 1818 at Moulsoe, Bucks
  • Elizabeth Minnel daughter of Thomas and Mary baptised 8th August 1818 at Moulsoe
  • Ann Minnell daughter of Thomas and Mary baptised 6th February 1820 at Moulsoe
  • George Minnell son of Thomas and Mary baptised 13th February 1821 at Moulsoe
  • Hezrikah (also spelt Azrican in later records) son of Thomas and Mary baptised 22nd December 1822
  • Sarah Minnell daughter of Thomas and Mary baptised 10th October 1830 at Moulsoe

Thomas also appears in the Newport Pagnell Circuit book in the 1820/30s for Moulsoe. The family migrates to Newport Pagnell by 1851.

A likely candidate for Thomas's origin is the baptism of Thomas Minnell son of George and Sarah at Millbrook, Beds on 7th August 1796. The Minnells in this part of Bedfordshire may be related to those in Aspley Guise and Woburn, but where they came from is a mystery so far. It could be they originated from either Brackley or Yardley Hastings.

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Minnell - Stepney, St Dunstans, London

There are several Minnells recorded in St Dunstans, Stepney, London in the 17th and 18th centuries. These were taken from the IGI and further research of the parish registers has yet to be carried out. The first entry is;

  • Alice Minnell, daughter of Thomas baptised 7th January 1600, then a gap to;
  • Elizabeth Minnell who married Robert Utting 17th November 1672

There are then several more entries up to 1721 involving John and Mary Minnell and John and Elizabeth Minnell.

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Minnell - Portsmouth, England

In Hampshire the surname Minell is pronounced Minnell but only once or twice have I seen the spellings interchanged. The first Minell appears in East Meon;

  • Thomas son of Thomas and Sarah Minell baptised 28th March 1781

The first Minnell is the entry for the wedding of;

  • Eliza Bellinger Minnell to Henry Gibbs at Hambledon on 25th January 1844

Then the birth of Edwin Henry Minnell is registered at Portsea district in March quarter 1846. I have over 100 records for both surnames in Hampshire. I believe these two surnames are connected in this area.

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Minnell- Argentina, Falklands and New Zealand

Minnell also occurs in Argentina, believed to be descended from a Minnell from Hampshire who migrated at the end of the 19th century.

There is also a family of Minnells in the Falklands, also from Portsmouth.

In New Zealand, the Minnells settled in the early 1900s and are grouped around the Wanganui area.

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England - Minney - Stray Entries

To confuse the issue of where the Minney line originates from, there are several stray entries in England that may be connected. These have yet to be fully investigated and may be transcription errors (all from the IGI) and here they are;

  • Alice Minnye wed Richard Bate at Whaplode, Lincs on 28th March 1621
  • Frances Miney wed Elizabeth Watts at Corsley, Wilts on 7th January 1673
  • Abraham Minny wed Elizabeth Grimly at Whittington, Staffs on 6th April 1676
  • Augustus Minney wed Mary Rich in London on 27th January 1698.

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England - Minney - Early Migration - Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire

The Minneys' appear to have been a typical agricultural/labouring family. In the 18th century some of the Yardley Hastings family began to migrate, firstly to neighbouring counties such as Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

In particular these marriages started new Minney family lines in Buckinghamshire;

  • Samuel Minney wed Martha Harrison at Clifton Reynes, Bucks on 19th August 1759;
  • Henry Minney wed Elizabeth Fisher at Olney, Bucks on 13th April 1775

The early moves to Olney & Clifton Reynes are documented and supported in the parish registers.

However, the first links to Bedfordshire are less so. The first entry for a Minney in Bedfordshire is:

  • John Minney married Alice Quick at Cranfield on 18th January 1729

It is supposed that this John Minney is the son of Thomas & Elizabeth Minnell/Minney who was baptised in Yardley Hastings in 1709. Alice probably died in Steppingly in 1736 and it is assumed that John remarried in 1741 to Elizabeth Odell at Cardington. Samuel Minney, second son of John establishes the Minney line at Great Barford, where it remains to this day. Another Bedford Minney line appears later at Eaton Socon in 1798 with Spencer Minney who is believed to originate from Yardley Hastings. This line of Minney moves and establishes itself in the Little Staughton and Colmworth area.

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England - Spencer Minney

Spencer as a first name has cropped up generation after generation in this particular line (see above). It is not connected to the Spencer's of Althorp but more likely to have been influenced as a first name from Lord Compton, who as the Earl of Northampton, had the ancestral home at Castle Ashby, near Yardley Hastings. Many Minney families would have been estate workers at Castle Ashby. The first Spencer Compton died at the time of the civil war. It is believed that he was named Spencer after his godfather John Spencer, a Lord Mayor of London.

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England - Minney - Migration to the Industrial Towns and elswhere

A search of the database shows that some Minney families had moved North (and in one case to Padstow, Cornwall) by the middle of the nineteenth century;

  • Stockport, Cheshire 1841
  • Manchester, Lancashire 1845
  • Derbyshire 1850
  • Yorkshire 1859
  • Cornwall 1860

Current directories show that today most of these migrating families have moved on apart from one or two pockets in Lancashire.

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England - Miney - Liverpool and Ireland

The surname Miney often crops up as a misspelling of Minney. However, some Mineys are in fact from Ireland, although their number is very small. Current name directories show there to be several Mineys in Belfast, Armagh and County Cavan.

In 1813 the name Miney first appears in Liverpool; Joseph and Margaret Miney, parents at the baptism of Betsey. The surname persists in this area up to the present day although in no great number. It is possible that this is one family originating from Ireland.

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USA - Daniel Minney - New Jersey 1770s

At least one Minney went to New England in the early 1700s. I am grateful to Don Norman for the following piece of information; Daniel Minney, the first traceable ancestor of the Minney line appears in the tax records of Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey from 1778 to 1785, along with his brother, Peter Minney. In May 1778, Daniel paid taxes on 100 acres of land, 4 horses, 8 cattle and 7 pigs. In February 1780, he paid taxes on 8 acres of land 3 horses and 7 cattle.

Daniel may have been a weaver or a dealer in woollen cloth. Records of the Frandin Fulling Mill located near Hamden NJ record 4 job orders for Daniel between 1775 and October 14, 1781. We have no information on his wife, except that her name was Mary Reeder.

Daniel next appears in the 1789 tax records of Bethel Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. (In 1850, Bedford County was split to form Bedford and Fulton Counties, with Bethel Township presently located in Fulton County.) Peter Minney appears in the 1789 Bethel Township tax records.

The "Widow Minney" appears in the Bethel Township tax records from 1791 to 1797, leading to the conclusion that Daniel died in 1790. By 1798, Mary had married Joseph Fawney, and he became the administrator of Daniel Minney's estate. Peter Minney's will is recorded in the 1795 Bedford County PA records leaving his estate to his brother, Daniel's, children.

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USA - Charles Minney - Scottish Origin?

A number of Minneys in the States are descended from a Charles Minney who according to family legend was born in Scotland on 3rd June 1834.

According to 'Memorial and Biograpical Record Compendium of Biography' published in 1899, by George A. Ogle and Co; Chicago, Charles Minney's parents were John and Mary Minney who died in the prime of life in New Jersey, and are buried there. They left two children, Charles and his sister Mary. Mary later married a Mr Huffman and in 1899 lived in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania.

Charles was 11 years old when his father died. He attended private schools in New Jersey for a short time. He worked as a farm hand until he was 25. He wed Lovinah Tompkins of Tiskilwa, Bureau County, Illinois. She was born on 24th August 1840. They were married on 3rd December 1858 in Bureau County.Charles is stated as being from New Jersey at the time of the marriage.

Charles Minney served in the Civil War with Company H, 9th Illinois Calvary. He enlisted on 28th February 1865, aged 32 years. He was discharged on 1st November 1865.

On 25th May 1871 Charles and his family arrived by ox team and homesteaded 160 acres of prairie land in Fillmore County, Nebraska. They had with them six children. They lived ten years in a 'dugout' one room and 'lean to' and suffered many hardships. They built a more substantial house in 1881. Eight more children were born at Fillmore County. Vinah Minney died on 25th February 1890 age 49. Charles Minney died in Denver in March 1902. Up to this time he had been living at the Nebraska farm. He seems to have suffered ill health shortly after joining the cavalry and this persisted until he died.

A photo of Charles Minney (and daughter Grace Ethel) are on the Photo Album page

additional information supplied by John and Chris Minney

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USA - Thomas Minny/Winny 1671

Not The First Minney To Arrive In America

There is a recorded entry of a Thomas Minny emigrating to the USA as an indentured servant in 1671. This is, unfortunately an error. The original apprentice records have been seen and show this to be Thomas Winny. The search continues to find the first Minney emigrants to the USA, be they from England, Ireland, Scotland or Europe. The number of Minneys in the USA today is similar to those here in the UK.

Modern telephone directories show settlements of Minney in California, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio (the largest number of families), Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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The earliest Minney to settle in Australia is John Thomas Minney, who was deported at the age of 15 years in 1818 for the crime of stealing four pairs of shoes. At his trial his surname was spelt Menney. He served seven years. It is believed he died at Newcastle in 1839.

Later arrivals in the 19th century include;

  • Francis MINNEY settled in Victoria (1844)
  • Jeffrey MINNEY (1851)
  • Joseph and Isaac MINNEY settled in South Australia (1851)
  • William MINNEY settled in New South Wales (1854) aged 16 years
  • Herbert MINNEY who settled in Victoria (1898)

There is the strange case of a Minney family changing their name to McInney after a family dispute. Nothing more is known about this incident.

And another family quarrel resulted in the name change from Minney to Minny some time in the late 1800s. This line of Minn(e)y is believed to be the same as that of R J Minney.

The number of Minneys in Australia is about a quarter of that in the UK or USA.

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South Africa - Minnie

Two other variant spellings that I have often found and recorded are Minnie and Minny - if found in the UK these are normally misspellings of Minney. Minnie and Minny do appear regularly in South Africa, Minnie also appears in Canada and Scotland.

One printed source on South African surnames attributes the origin of Minnie as being Old French from Minnar (from Mesnard meaning inhabitant of a small house). My own research shows this to be questionable. Several family trees and printed sources that I have seen show a Minnie (or sometimes spelt Mienie) line going back to the early 18th century in South Africa with definite links to Holland.

There are two possible sources, one where French Huguenots fled France for Protestant Holland in the 17th century, or when approximately 200 Huguenots settled in South Africa in the 18th century.

The Dutch settled in the Cape in the late 17th century and were added to by equal numbers of Germans plus in 1688 over 150 French Huguenots. These early immigrants became known as Afrikaners. The records that I have seen show some Minnie families settling in Graaff-Reinet and Swellendam. These areas became known as republic type settlements for the trekboers. The trekboers were fiercely independent seminomadic farmers and accounted for half the white population outside of Cape Town. Incidentally, Boer means farmer.

From Nada Crafford: According to "Suid Afrikaanse Geslagsregisters" (South African Family Registers) there are 2 progenitors for the Minnie family (surname) in South Africa, namely:

Dirk Mennen from Paderborn in Germany who arrived in 1741 as soldier on the ship Amsterdam, became permanent resident in 1741, lived in Stellenbosch. His second marriage took place in Paarl on 2.6.1743 when he married Christina Scheepers. His descendants uses Menne, Minne and probably also different forms of Minnie. And;

Jean Willems Minie who married Susanna Marscalk. She was baptised on 2.11.1692 and was the daughter of Jean Marschalk from Antwerpen (Netherlands) and Maria Helmus (daughter of Hans Helm and Geertruy Willemse). He has the bigger family. The name Minnie is the most common, but some members also use Minie, Mienie and one line of descendants (or maybe more) started using Minny.

Searching through telephone directories for Holland and Belgium I found Minnee and Minne (believed to be pronounced Minnie) occasionally but no Minnie. Minnar also occurs.

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Canada and Scotland- Minnie

The 1871 Ontario census index (head of households only) lists six Minnie's. Bar one, they all state they have Scottish ancestry. It could be they are all related - son's of James Minnie.

  • Elizabeth Minnie age 16, born Ontario, Church of England, English ethnic origin, occupation Domestic Servant, District of St Marys Ward
  • George Minnie age 34, born Scotland, occupation Farmer, District of Mount Forest
  • James Minnie age 66, born Scotland, occupation Farmer, District of Garafraxa West
  • James Minnie Age 31, born Ontario, Scottish ethnic origin, occupation a wagonmaker, District of Oxford North
  • Robert Minnie age 48, born Scotland, occupation of Minister, District Lindsay Town
  • Sidney Minnie age 37, born Ontario, Scottish ethnic origin, occupation Farmer, District of Elzevir

The only research so far in Scotland consists of extracts from the IGI. This lists a few Minnie's and Minie's. A number of entries are dated around 1790 in Aberdeenshire. Current directories list a few Minnie's around Aberdeen.

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Scotland - Minney

It would appear that in the early 1800s a line of Minney appeared in Glasgow with a Thomas Minney who wed a Jane Hepburn. No dates are available. They had a son Thomas, born 1856, who wed Jane McDougall in 1877.The following generations lived in Glasgow to at least the 1930s.

Roz Doyle has suppled this; I think I may have another Miney for you, although in the Scotland Census of 1861 it is spelt “Mirreey”, and other people have taken it to be “Merry”. One Agnes Inglis appears to have married a Thomas Miney, according to the family bible which is lodged in the Inglis Memorial Hall in the village of Edzell, Angus, Scotland. I attach a photo of one of the pages inside the bible which lists family deaths; about halfway down is Thomas Miney”, and 5 lines later is Agnes Miney or Inglis. Return to top


India and China

It would be surprising if no Minney's were to be found in India records. An interesting record is of a retired British soldier (known as a Chelsea Pensioner) from the 30th Regiment of Foot, Samuel Minney, settled in Madras in 1827 and married a Mary Gainor in 1837. They had at least three children;

  • William, born 17th June 1838 and baptised Tripassore, Madras in 1838
  • Mary baptised Poonamallee, Madras in 1839
  • Ann baptised in 1842

Ann and Mary both married in India. William emigrated to Australia on the Palmyra in 1854.

Samuel may have originated in Flamstead, Hertfordshire, and his parents from Bedfordshire. Further research is needed at the PRO to confirm this.

Rubeigh James Minney was born in Calcutta on 29th Aug 1895. Although his father, Joseph Rubyn Minney was born in Hong Kong in 1870. R J Minney told his daughter that his grandfather was born in England in 1820 and left for Hong Kong to be a merchant in 1840. Joseph wed a Esthere Mayohas whose family were Sephardic Jews from Spain.

When Joseph’s parents died they left him their money. This caused a rift and one of Joseph’s brothers, Solomon (?) changed his name to Minny and he had at least one son named Cyril (see Shanghai entry below). This family migrated to Australia after 1945.

A Malcom Minney with his wife Helena, were on the passenger list aboard the Duchess of York that arrived in Canada in 1931. Malcolm was born on 27 April 1899 in Calcutta, India. His wife was also born in Calcutta on 28 November 1895. Both stated they were English and religion as Hebrew.

A Solomon Ruben Minny (or Minney) was born in Hong Kong in 1866 and died in Shanghai 1927. Solomon may well be RJ Minney's Uncle and father of Cyril and Edward.

Also, in the Shanghai Consular's register for 1922 are these two births; Cyril E and Edward Minny. These may be adult entries.

From Leanne Minney; Interned at Weihsien Internment Camp (Shantung Province) by the Japanese May 1943 to Aug 1945 were the following Minny family:-

  • Moselle Minny (maiden name Gatton) - born 29 November 1879 Baghdad - British citizen - mother of
  • Cyril Ezekiel Minny - born 14 November 1898 Shanghai - British citizen
  • Leah Lillian Minny (maiden name Benjamin) born 28 February 1912 Shanghai - British citizen - wife of Cyril. Cyril's children; Moselle Hazel Minny age 11 (in 1945), Edward Ronald Minny age 10 (in 1945), June Flora Minny age 6 (in 1945)were also interned. Anthony Raymond Minny was born in the camp in 1944. Additional information; Cyril Ezekial Minny worked for Jardine Matheson in Tianjin before the war.

    Dates of birth from

  • Minny Moselle M Mrs born 29.11.79 Unemployed
  • Minny Cyril Ezekiel born14.11.98 Company Employee
  • Minny Lillian Leah Mrs born 28.02.12 Housewife
  • Minny Hazel Moselle Miss born 20.09.33 Child
  • Minny Edward R born 07.06.35 Child
  • Minny June F Miss born 21.05.39 Child
  • Minny A R born 00.01.44 Child
  • A Charles John Minney was a Senior Purveyor as part of the British Force in the Second Opium War 1860. In the diary of Lieut. General Sir Gerald Graham sent Charles Minney to Tien-Tsin (now pronounced Tianjin) on 4 September 1860. Tianjin is coastal city and about 75 miles from Beijing. The British and French forces were at that time attacking some forts on the river at Tianjin before moving onto Beijing. Return to top



    There is as yet no evidence that the name Minney is French. There are one or two French Huguenot Minys and Minils in the Threadneedle Street, London parish registers for the early 1600s.

    I have listed them here. I am not sure what the expression 'tém' means.

    • 16th Nov 1628 = Piere Miny is tém at baptism of Piere Plaquet
    • 7th Jun 1629 = Baptism of Esay Miny, fils de Piere Miny et de Jenne Robinot
    • 5th Jul 1635 = Baptism of Piere Minil, fils de Paul Minil et de Marie de Verton
    • 26th Dec 1688 = Maria Minnel is tém at baptism of Glaude Benest
    • 20th Jun 1688 = David Minnel is tém at baptism of David du Brevil
    • 14th Mar 1697 = Paul Minié is tém at baptism of Marie Ann Leige
    • 17th Aug 1729 = Daniel Minnel is tém at baptism of Hebet Marie Madelane

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    There are probably less than two thousand Minneys world-wide (800 each in the UK and USA using projected figures from telephone listings). The number for Minnell is tiny, suggesting a surname that is in danger of becoming extinct. There are no more than half a dozen Minnell families in the UK today.