Monet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prominent surname Monet originated in France, a country which has been a dominant presence in world affairs for centuries. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in France were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. As well as the names of the saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common French surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. They derive from the language of the Visigoths, who controlled France between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. The family name Monet is a shortened form of either of two Old French given names, Hamon and Emon.

Early Origins of the Monet family

The surname Monet was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where the family held a family seat from ancient times.

Another branch of the family was found in Monnay, Normandy. And many of this branch of the family participated in the Conquest of England.

By example, William de Monay was a benefactor to Bliburgh, Suffolk, before the time of Henry II. Robert de Monei held a fief from Bigot, Earl of Norfolk, in 1165. [1]

"The fee held by William was at Brigg. In Yorkshire, ' Henri de Monnaie witnesses the original grant of the manor of Allerton, probably about 1190 :' and a family of the name Monet of Hadlesby, continued in the county in the seventeenth century. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Robert Monay in Oxfordshire. William de Mony is entered in the Testa de Nevill as holding part of a knight's fee at Clinton, in that county, of Guy Fitz Robert and Bardolt Fitz Roger : and Walter de Munet as holding by serjeanty at Munet in Staffordshire. " [2]

The Mauny variant derived there name from "the castle of Mauny at Hambye, (the parish adjoining St. Denis-de-Gaste) in Normandy." [3]

Over the course of many centuries, this family branched, prospered and expanded to many regions where members of the family adapted to the cultural and linguistic changes in these regions and also became active citizens defending their beliefs, their King, and their country. This ancient family name is registered at Abondance in 1649.

A famous member of the family, Claude Monet, was a French painter during the 1800s and 1900s. Claude was fascinated by the reflection of light off the water and his painting "Impression, soleil levant " (1872), inspired a critic to describe him as an "Impressionniste". His home at Giverny remains open to the public as well as the famous garden with the water lilies which he painted so frequently.

Early History of the Monet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Monet research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1549, 1556, 1649, and 1872 are included under the topic Early Monet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Monet Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Monet, Monai, Monez, Moner, Money, Monnet, Monnai, Monnaie, Monnaies, Monnait, Monnez, Monner, Monaie, Monaies, Monait, Monette, Monnette and many more.

Early Notables of the Monet family (pre 1700)

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Monet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Monet Ranking

In France, the name Monet is the 4,716th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [4]


United States Monet migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Monet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Bte Monet, aged 40, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [5]
Monet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Monet, who settled in Philadelphia in 1817
  • Peter Monet, who settled in Philadelphia in 1817
  • Mrs. Monet, aged 16, settled in South Carolina in 1823
  • D. Monet, aged 44, settled in South Carolina in 1823
  • John Monet, aged 21, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1843 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Monet migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Monet Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Antoine Monet, son of Laurent and Louise, who married Françoise Hurtaut, daughter of Jean and Françoise, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 10th April 1684 [6]
  • Jean Monet, son of Laurent and Louise, who married Jeanne Badel, daughter of André and Barbe, in Montreal, Quebec on 5th November 1693 [6]
Monet Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Nicolas Monet, son of Jean and Thérèse, who married Jeanne Viau, daughter of Jacques and Thérèse, in Longueuil, Quebec on 13th August 1708 [6]
  • Jean Monet, son of Jean and Thérèse, who married Madeleine Drapeau, daughter of Jean and Madeleine, in Rivières-des-Prairies, Quebec on 14th November 1709 [6]
  • François Monet, son of Jean and Jeanne, who married Geneviève Goujon, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Lachine, Quebec on 1st February 1718 [6]
  • Jean-Baptiste Monet, son of Antoine and Françoise, who married Marie-Louise Bau, daughter of René and Madeleine, in Boucherville, Quebec on 9th April 1720 [6]
  • Louis Monet, son of Jean and Jeanne, who married Marie Goujon, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Lachine, Quebec on 7th January 1723 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Monet (post 1700) +

  • Georges Monet, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [7]
  • Claude Monet, famous French painter, best known for his "Waterlilies", founder of French Impressionist painting
  • Monet Mazur (b. 1976), American actress and musician


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  3. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  4. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  7. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, May 6) Georges Monet. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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