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Where did the English Moneypenny family come from? What is the English Moneypenny family crest and coat of arms? When did the Moneypenny family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Moneypenny family history?

Moneypenny is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Moneypenny family lived in Fife. Moneypenny is a compound name composed of two elements, the Old English moning, meaning money, and the Old English pening, meaning penny. Moneypenny originated as a nickname to identify a rich man or may have been ironically used to describe a poor man. Another derivation, which is equally valid in certain cases, indicates that Moneypenny is a local name adapted from the place called Magnepeigne in Normandy.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Moneypenny has been recorded under many different variations, including Moneypenny, Manypenny, Monypenny and others.

First found in Fife where they were granted lands by the King of Scotland.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moneypenny research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1200, 1296, and 1450 are included under the topic Early Moneypenny History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Moneypenny Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Moneypennys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Moneypenny Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hugh Moneypenny, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
  • Clemens Moneypenny settled in Pennsylvania in 1773

Moneypenny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Moneypenny, who landed in America in 1803
  • Kitty Moneypenny, aged 7, arrived in New York, NY in 1805
  • M Moneypenny, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1805
  • William Moneypenny, aged 29, arrived in New York, NY in 1805
  • Arthur Moneypenny, aged 41, arrived in New York, NY in 1805

Moneypenny Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George Moneypenny, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Plymouth, in 1900
  • Hebert Moneypenny, aged 4, who settled in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1920
  • Annie Moneypenny, aged 11, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1920
  • Emma Moneypenny, aged 9, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1920
  • James Moneypenny, aged 59, who landed in America from Bradford, England, in 1922

Moneypenny Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • James Moneypenny, aged 42, who settled in Toronto, in 1906
  • Christina Moneypenny, aged 41, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1913


  • Eric Moneypenny, American comedian and writer
  • Miss Moneypenny, fictional character in the James Bond novels and films, most often portrayed by Lois Maxwell


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Imperat aequor
Motto Translation: He rules the sea.


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The Moneypenny Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moneypenny Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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