When Minnie Evelyn York was born on 23 June 1907, in St. Stephen, Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada, her father, Arthur Augustus York, was 28 and her mother, Eunice Ellen Beathem, was 23. She married Oakley Giles in 1928, in Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 daughters. She lived in Howland, Penobscot, Maine, United States for about 15 years. She died on 16 November 1999, in Howland, Penobscot, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Maine, United States.
English: habitational name from the city of York in northern England. The surname is now widespread throughout England. Originally, the city bore the Latin name Eburacum, which is probably from a Brittonic name meaning ‘yew-tree place’. This was altered by folk etymology to Old English Eoforwīc (from the elements eofor ‘wild boar’ + wīc ‘specialized farmstead’). This name was taken over by Scandinavian settlers, who altered it back to opacity in the form Jórvík or Jórk (English York, which became finally settled as the placename in the 13th century). The surname has also been adopted by Jews as an Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.
In some cases also an American shortened and altered form of the East Slavic patronymic Yurkovich or its Croatian, Slovak, or Slovenian variants. Compare Yurk .