The name Monay reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Monay family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Monay family lived in Herefordshire
. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Monnay
in the department of Orne, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Monay family
The surname Monay was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Monay family
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Monay Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Money, Moneye, Monie and others.
Early Notables of the Monay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Monay family to Ireland
Some of the Monay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Monay family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Monay name or one of its variants:
Monay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Monay, aged 25, who arrived in Missouri in 1848 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Monay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Michael Monay, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"
- Patrick Monay, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"