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

The Scottish name Moncrief is a habitational name, taken on from Moncreiffe Hill near the Royal Burgh of Perth. The surname itself came from the name of the lands granted to Sir Matthew de Muncrefe by King Alexander II in 1248. It is claimed that Sir Matthew was a member of a cadet branch of a family desceded from Maldred, brother of King Duncan and a descendant of Niall of the Nine Hostages, King of Ireland, who lived circa 400 A.D. in Tara. Today, Moncreiffe Island, also known as Friarton Island divides the River Tay into two channels as it flows through Perth in Scotland.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Moncreiffe, Moncrieffe, Moncreif, Moncreiff, Moncreyfe and many more.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where William de Moncrefe and John de Moncref, rendered homage to King Edward I of England during the latter's brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. In that same year Thomas de Mouncref was taken as a Scots prisoner of war at Dunbar Castle. The estate of Easter Moncreiffe was gifted to a younger son of the family in 1312.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moncrief research. Another 379 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1488, 1626, 1685, 1776, 1811, 1829, 1851, 1874, and 1895 are included under the topic Early Moncrief History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 46 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moncrief Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moncrief Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • John Moncrief, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States from Dublin, in 1903
  • Wilhelmine Moncrief, aged 36, who emigrated to America, in 1905
  • John Moncrief, aged 52, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Tom Moncrief, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • David M. Moncrief, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1921


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  • Sidney A. Moncrief (b. 1957), retired American professional basketball player
  • Zachary Thomas Moncrief (b. 1971), American Primetime Emmy Award nominated director of animated television programs
  • Michael J. Moncrief, American politician, Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas (2003 to 2011)
  • Brianne Hughes Moncrief (b. 1983), American soap opera actress
  • William Moncrief, American businessman in the oil and gas sector, President of Moncrief Oil, billionaire member of the 2006 Forbes 400
  • James Moncrief (1741-1793), trained engineer and military officer of Scottish Highlander descent


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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: Sur esperance
Motto Translation: Upon hope.

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Moncrief Clan Badge
Moncrief Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Moncrief
Moncrefe, Moncreiff, Muncrefe, Munkrethe and more.

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The Moncrief Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moncrief 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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