a member of a Protestant religious group that lives in the US and Canada. Mennonites live a simple life and do not work as public officials or soldiers. Culture The Amish and the Hutterites are Mennonites. Their rules come from the Bible, and they only baptize adults. They also refuse to hold public office or serve in the armed forces. The Mennonites came to the US from Switzerland in 1683 and settled mainly in Pennsylvania and the Midwest. They named themselves after Menno Simons, a 16th-century Dutch Anabaptist leader. Word Originfrom the name of its founder, Menno Simons (1496–1561), + -ite.