The surname of MILLHOUSE was of the locational group of surnames meaning 'the dweller at the mill-house' the cottage where the miller lived, close beside the mill itself. The mill, whether powered by water, wind or (occasionally) animals, was an important centre in every medieval settlement; it was normally operated by an agent of the local landowner, and individual peasants were compelled to come to him to have their corn ground into flour, a proportion of the ground corn being kept by the miller by way of payment. The name was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form MOLENDINA, and the earliest of the name on record appears to be John de MOLENDINO, who was recorded in County Oxford in the year 1273. William de MOLENDINO appears in Oxford in the same year. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. In Hotten's 'The Original Lists of Persons of Quality' which includes Emigrants, religious exiles, political rebels, serving men sold for a term of years, apprentices, children stolen, maidens pressed and others, who went to America from Great Britain to the American Plantations between 1600 and 1700 is included John MILNHOUSE, who embarqued on the 'James Citty' in the year 1624. Before the 1066 Conquest names were rare in England, the few examples found were mainly adopted by those of the clergy or one who had taken holy orders. In 1086 the conquering Duke William of Normandy commanded the Domesday Book. He wanted to know what he had and who held it, and the Book describes Old English society under its new management in minute detail. It was then that surnames began to be taken for the purposes of tax-assessment. The nobles and the upper classes were first to realise the prestige of a second name, but it was not until the 15th century that most people had acquired a second name. The arms depicted here have been quartered, MILL and HOUSE.
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