The surname of MINTON was a locational name 'of Mindtown' a parish five miles from Bishop's Castle, County Salop. There is also a spot of the name in County Northumberland. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land and indicated where he actually lived. The earliest of the name on record appears to be MUNETUNE (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domedsay Book of 1086. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conquerer. It is known as the Domesday Book. Other records of the name mention Jordan de Minton who was recorded in County Northumberland in the year 1169. Peter de Mineton was documented in County Staffordshire during the reign of Henry III (1216-1272). Edward Mintone of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th Century. They were not in use in England or in Scotland before the Norman Conquest, and were first found in the Domesday Book. The employment in the use of a second name was a custom that was first introduced from the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time, a mark of gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for gentlemen to have but one single name, as the meaner sort had. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour.
Later instances of the name mention Samuel Minton and Ann Grimsley who were married at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, London in 1744. Francis Minton and Lucy Coleman were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1796.
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