Origin of the Name Minter
The ancient history of the name Minter
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Minter is an occupational name meaning 'the minter', from a person who made his living manufacturing money. This name is usually of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are a Henry le Munetar and a Geoffrey Monetare, both of Salop who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273. Names were recorded in these documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland the name Minter is derived from the native Gaelic Mac an tSaoir sept, taken from a Gaelic word meaning 'craftsman'. This name was also anglicized as MacAteer. Sometimes the 'mac' part of these names was changed to 'man' or 'min' thus giving 'Minter'.
The Minter coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Minter descendants.