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Subject: [S-I] Minchin
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2011 14:29:42 +0000 (UTC)
Hi folks, I had wondered about this surname and its origin. My MacLysaght is out and has it. He says it is an old English name derived from Middle English minchen, a nun, but actually from the placename Mincing Lane (which was named after nuns)). It is unconnected with Ireland before the Cromwellian period when it became established in the Rosecrea area of Offaly and north Tipperary. Minch in Kildare may be an abreviation or variant of Minnish (Mac Noaois) -- see Minnis Minnis is an east Ulster form of MacNeece and MacNish, in Irish Mac Naois, all variants of Mac Aonghuis.
Another case where maybe DNA could help ID the source.
I was curious because in Scotland, Stirling, I have a great grandmother who was surnamed MENNOCH. This apparently could be Minnagh (Munsterman), but it's a bit far afield....