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This Russian and German surname of MINNIG was originally a nickname for someone of monkish habits or appearance, or an occupational name for a servant employed at a monastery. The name was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form MONACHUS. The name has many variant spellings which include MINIKH, MONCKE, LE MANACH, MONQUE, MONGE and MONACI. The name has travelled widely throughout Europe, and has made its way across the Atlantic to the United States. Count Burgard Khristofor MINIKH is descended from an ancient noble family. His forebear, MINIKH resided first in Bavaria, then in East Friesland, and finally he settled in the Duchy of Oldenburg, where he was an owner of fiefdoms. Of this family Anton Ginter MINIKH was granted the rank of Noble of Denmark by the King of Denmark, Christian V, in 1686. In more recent times County Burgard Khristofer MINIKH was a servitor in Russia and gained fame for his family by his labours and outstanding deeds for the cause of the Russian State. On February 24th, 1728 Emperor Peter II graciously raised him together with his posterity to the rank of Count of the Russian Empire. This same MINIKH was also granted the rank of Count of the Holy Roman Empire on February 4th, 1742. Russian surnames are almost exclusively patronymic (occasionally metonymic) in form, usually ending in 'ov' or 'ev'. Habitation and topographic names are rare, and many common Russian surnames are polygenetic, and their literal meaning is clear, even though the reason for their adoption may not be. Heraldry appeared later in Russia than in most other Western European countries. It is generally agreed that it was copied from the west sometime in the late 17th century, and quickly achieved state significance. In 1722 Emperor Peter I (The Great) established an official Heraldry Office headed by a Master of Heraldry under the jurisdiction of the Senate, and granted 355 armorial bearings in the 18th century.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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