England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a monk. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word munuc, of the same meaning, and would indicate that the original bearer was a Monk in the medieval period (celibacy among monks was not generally adopted until the later Middle Ages, so some of them would have had families). On the other hand, the surname may be a nickname to describe someone who was perhaps a recluse.
Early Origins of the MacEvannay family
Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Potheridge and descended from a Norman noble, Le Moyne, who attended Duke William at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Conjecturally they are descended from the holder of the lands of Potheridge at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, Aubrey from Baldwin the Sheriff of Devon, who held a mare and three clusters of horses at Great and Little Potheridge and Potheridge Gate. William Le Moyne's principal seat was at Dunster Castle. From this distinguished family name are descended the ancient and ardent royalist house of the Dukes of Albermarle.
Early History of the MacEvannay family
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MacEvannay Spelling Variations
spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Monk, Monks, Monck, Moncks, Monckes and others.
Early Notables of the MacEvannay family (pre 1700)
KG, PC (1653-1688), an English soldier and politician; Nicholas Monck (c...
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Migration of the MacEvannay family to Ireland
Some of the MacEvannay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacEvannay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name MacEvannay or a variant listed above: Peter Monk, who settled in Barbados in 1634; George, John and Roger Monke settled in Nevis in 1670; Fanny,George and Sarah Monk arrived in New York in 1820.
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