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Where did the English Monckton family come from? What is the English Monckton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Monckton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Monckton family history?

Monckton is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Monckton family lived in Yorkshire at Monckton, from whence their name derives.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Monckton has been recorded under many different variations, including Monkton, Monckton, Moncktone, Monktone, Mongton, Mongdene and many more.

First found in Yorkshire in the West Riding where they were anciently Lords of the Manor of Moor Monckton. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086 initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066, Moor Monckton was held by Richard son of Erfast, but the records of Monkton have been lost. The family derive their origin from Simon Monckton, who conjecturally was descended from Richard, the holder of the lands at the Domesday Survey. His lordship and manse was enjoyed by his descendants until 1326 when it was made into a nunnery and renamed Nun-Monkton, a curious play on words.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Monckton research. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 1665, 1659, 1722 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Monckton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 61 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Monckton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Monckton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Moncktons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Monckton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Cath Eliz Monckton, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Wm. Monckton, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1893

Monckton Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Cecil Charles Fish Monckton, aged 44, who settled in America from Dermaus Park, England, in 1911
  • Arthur Henry Harold Monckton, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Blandford, England, in 1912
  • Dorothy Girard Monckton, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1914
  • Harold James Monckton, aged 20, who landed in America from Monschole Cornwall, England, in 1914
  • Wilfred Frank Monckton, aged 24, who landed in America from Shapnick, England, in 1914


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  • Christopher John Monckton (b. 1954), English conductor, singer, and organist
  • Walter Turner Monckton (1891-1965), 1st Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, British politician
  • Robert Monckton, officer of the British army, colonial administrator in British North America, eponym of Moncton, New Brunswick
  • John James Monckton (b. 1938), Australian backstroke swimmer
  • Lionel John Alexander Monckton (1861-1924), British writer and composer of musical theatre
  • Reginald Francis Percy Monckton TD, DL, Vice-Lieutenant county of Staffordshire


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Faman extendere factis
Motto Translation: To extent fame by deeds.

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The Monckton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Monckton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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