Origin of the Name MacMinn
The origin of the name MacMinn
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of McMinn include MacMinn, MacMyn and Menzies . When 'mac' meaning 'son' occurs in Scottish surnames it usually signifies a Gaelic origin. This name in Gaelic is MacMeinn, meaning, 'son of Menzies'. This name is of Scottish descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a Patrick MacMenn who was recorded in Dundrenane, in 1426 and John MacMyane who was murdered in Wigtoun in the year 1509. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for the overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or as gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland this name and its variants were first introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century.
The MacMinn 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 MacMinn descendants.