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Minier family page

This family name can be found spelt five different ways


Peter Francis Menier

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Origins of surname

Minier, Mignet, Menier and Meunier are all distinct family names in France, with different derivations, but one Jersey family can be found in various records with all four spellings across six generations. There is also a will with the spelling Miniée. We were uncertain which spelling to use for this page, but settled on Minier because that is the spelling found on several Jersey gravestones.

Early records

Farmworker Francois Minier/Meunier/Menier and his wife Marie Francoise Courcoue, both French, arrived in Jersey about 1870 and settled and raised a family of six children. This appears to be the only family to become established in the island and their family tree is listed below. The family name is spelt Menier in one baptism record, Meunier and Minier in different censuses, and the tree as submitted to us shows the first generation as Mignet.

However, there was a Minier family in St Lawrence a century earlier, which forms the second tree below. Francois Minier from France and Francoise Voisin were married in St Lawrence in 1778. Francoise died in 1840 and her name was spelt Meunier on her St Lawrence burial record.

There is a St Helier record of the marriage of Jean Le Meunier and Elizabeth Ozouf in 1688. Jacques Meunier, from France, married Marie Lihou of Guernsey in St Ouen in 1752, and Constant Le Meunier of Portbail married Rose Le Cornu of Coutances in St Helier in 1837.


  • Minier
  • Mignet (pronounced the same as the above)
  • Menier
  • Meunier - found in Normandy
  • Lemeunier - found in Normandy

Meunier is one of the most numerous surnames in France - the database we use frequently lists 540,115 records (Marie, supposedly the most common of all French surnames is found 1.3 million times in the database). Along with the variant Lemeunier, it is the only spelling found in Normandy, but it is in 290th place in the list of most common names in the region.

Minier is the next most common spelling in France, appearing 71,356 times in the database; Menier is recorded 23,911 times and Mignet 4,304.

Only Minier and Menier appear in the Jerripedia database of births and baptisms, but Meunier and Le Meunier are found in marriage and burial records.

Whatever the correct spelling might be for the Jersey families, our main source for the derivation of French surnames is adamant that the spellings should not be considered as variants. It shows Meunier as meaning 'miller', Menier as a Brittany name for someone of Germanic origin, and Minier as a miner or someone living near a mine. There is no mention of Mignet.

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Family wills

These wills created by members of the Minier family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Françoise Miniée, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £1 3 October 1844 - D/Y/A/25
  • Réné Minier, Carrefour Jenkins, St Lawrence - 13 March 1911, D/Y/A/70
  • Francis Minier, Salem House, St Lawrence - 22 April 1922, D/Y/A/82

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