The English surname Minor is an occupational name of Norman French origin. It was introduced into England after the 1066 Norman Invasion, and spread rapidly. It could be described as occupational, being from the 8th century word "mineur", and as such a metonymic or nickname for a builder of tunnels and pits. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Jordan le Mineur, which was dated 1195 in the Pipe Rolls of Cornwall. Later recordings include Easter Minor who was baptized at St James church, Clerkenwell, London in 1600. The name is first recorded in the New World in Salem, Massachusetts when Thomas Minor settled in 1629. Today there are approximately 30,000 bearers of the name Minor in the United States.
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