The Monds surname is one of the names that came to Britain with the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The name was de Magneville or de Maneville and derives from a place in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Monds family
The surname Monds was first found in Wigtownshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway
where they were granted lands by King David of Scotland
. They were perhaps related to Geoffrey de Mandeville (d. c. 1100), an important Domesday tenant-in-chief, who was granted large estates in Essex
, and in ten other shires by William, and was Constable of the Tower of London. His descendent Geoffrey de Mandeville (d. 1144,) was created the 1st Earl of Essex.
Early History of the Monds family
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Monds Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Mundell, Mondale, Mondell and others.
Early Notables of the Monds family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Monds family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Monds Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Edward Monds, aged 19, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875