Minnick last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Minnick is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Minnick.

Meaning of Minnick

Derived from a pet form of the Irish personal name Muireadhach, meaning "lord" or "master."

Minnick, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Minnick surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Minnick in America

Minnick is the 4679th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Minnick surname appeared 7,581 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 people would have the surname Minnick.

We can also compare 2010 data for Minnick to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 4679 4363 6.99%
Count 7,581 7,525 0.74%
Proportion per 100k 2.57 2.79 -8.21%

The history of the last name Minnick

The surname Minnick has its roots in Germany and is believed to have originated in the 15th century. It is derived from the German word "minne," which means love or affection, and "eck," meaning corner or angle. The name may have originally referred to someone who lived on a corner or at an angle of a street or village.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the name can be found in the town records of Nuremberg, Germany, dating back to 1492, where a person named Hans Minnick is mentioned as a landowner. Another early reference is in the church records of Bamberg, Germany, from 1537, where a Johannes Minnick is listed as a church warden.

In the 17th century, the name appears in various German court documents and legal proceedings, indicating that the Minnick family had established itself as part of the local gentry or nobility. One notable example is Johann Minnick (1621-1687), a magistrate and landowner in the town of Heidelberg.

As the Minnick family spread across Germany and into neighboring regions, the name underwent slight variations in spelling, such as Minneck, Minnecke, and Minnecken. Some of these variations were likely influenced by local dialects and accents.

In the 18th century, the name made its way to the Americas, with several Minnick families emigrating from Germany to Pennsylvania and other parts of the British colonies. One of the earliest recorded Minnicks in America was Johannes Minnick (1735-1812), who settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in 1755.

Another notable figure bearing the Minnick surname was Friedrich Minnick (1789-1872), a German-American inventor and engineer who is credited with developing one of the earliest successful steam-powered printing presses. He lived and worked in Philadelphia, where he obtained several patents for his inventions.

In the 19th century, the Minnick family continued to establish itself in various parts of the United States, with individuals such as Samuel Minnick (1827-1901), a prominent businessman and landowner in Ohio, and Elizabeth Minnick (1841-1923), a pioneering educator and advocate for women's rights in Indiana.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Minnick

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Minnick.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Minnick was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 93.92% 7,120
Non-Hispanic Black Only 2.74% 208
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.34% 26
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.45% 34
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.42% 108
Hispanic Origin 1.12% 85

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Minnick has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 93.92% 94.56% -0.68%
Black 2.74% 2.06% 28.33%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.34% 0.36% -5.71%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.45% 0.69% -42.11%
Two or More Races 1.42% 1.16% 20.16%
Hispanic 1.12% 1.17% -4.37%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Minnick was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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