The ancestors of the Moncks family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Moncks is 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 Moncks family
The surname Moncks was first found in 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.
Moynes Court is a building in the village of Mathern, Monmouthshire, Wales, which dates back to c. 1609. The original manor dates back to c. 1254.
Early History of the Moncks family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moncks research.Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1670, 1660, 1653, 1688, 1610, 1661, 1659, 1701, 1689, 1690, 1715, 1627 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Moncks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Moncks Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Moncks have been found, including Monk, Monks, Monck, Moncks, Monckes and others.
Early Notables of the Moncks family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle (1608-1670), English general and statesman, instrumental in the restoration of Charles II to the English throne in 1660; Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle, KG
(1653-1688), an English soldier and politician; Nicholas Monck (c... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moncks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Moncks family to Ireland
Some of the Moncks family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 123 words (9 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 Moncks family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Moncks were among those contributors: 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.