- English: occupational name for someone who built mines, either for the excavation of coal and other minerals, or as a technique in the medieval art of siege warfare. The word represents an agent derivative of Middle English, Old French mine ‘mine’ (a word of Celtic origin, cognate with Gaelic mein ‘ore’, ‘mine’).
Common in the US from before the Revolutionary War. Miner is the 1,395th most popular last name (surname) in the United States; frequency is 0.009%; percentile is 47.463 [SourceCBN]
As of 7/15/2008 there are 245 profiles on Geni.com with the surname Miner.
- Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
- http://www.geni.com/last-name/Miner Miner Geni Search Results