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The name Monk was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name 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.

Monk Early Origins



The surname Monk 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.


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Monk Spelling Variations


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Monk Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Monk include Monk, Monks, Monck, Moncks, Monckes and others.

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Monk Early History


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Monk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Monk 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 Monk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Monk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Monk Early Notables (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, PC (1653-1688), an English soldier and politician; Nicholas Monck (c...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Monk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Monk In Ireland


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Monk In Ireland



Some of the Monk 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Monks to arrive on North American shores:

Monk Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Peter Monk, who settled in Barbados in 1634
  • Peter Monk, aged 29, arrived in St Christopher in 1634
  • Edward Monk, who landed in Maryland in 1662
  • Thomas Monk, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • Henry Monk arrived in Barbados with his wife and servants in 1680
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Monk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Conrad Monk, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Ann and Joseph Monk arrived in New York in 1773

Monk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Monk, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Fanny,George and Sarah Monk arrived in New York in 1820
  • Joseph Monk, aged 19, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1832
  • William Monk, aged 20, landed in New York in 1849
  • Enoch Monk, aged 14, arrived in New York in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Monk Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Monk, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Monk, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • James Monk settled in Bonavista in 1797

Monk Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Monk was a fisherman of Red Harbour in 1860

Monk Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Luke Monk a labourer, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  • Jane Monk, aged 32, a matron, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander"
  • Archibald Monk, aged 65, a shepherd, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Hercules"
  • John Monk, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Hercules"
  • Mary Monk, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Hercules"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Monk Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Monk, aged 32, a gardener, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Phoebe Monk, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Ellen Monk, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Emma Monk, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Lucy Monk, aged 7, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Monk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Monk (post 1700)



  • Quincy Omar Monk (1979-2015), American NFL football linebacker who played from 2002 to 2004
  • Tom B. Monk, American politician, Mayor of Sacramento, California, 1938-45
  • Robert W. Monk, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1936
  • James W. Monk, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 9th District, 1882
  • Dudley Monk, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1924
  • Debra Monk (b. 1949), American actress, singer, and writer
  • Art Monk (b. 1957), American football player
  • Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917-1982), American jazz musician awarded a special citation in 2006 by the Pulitzer Prize jury
  • Meredith Monk (b. 1943), American composer, performer, director, vocalist, film-maker, and choreographer
  • William Henry Monk (1823-1889), English organist, church musician, and composer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Monk Historic Events


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Monk Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Monk, British Leading Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Monk


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Suggested Readings for the name Monk



  • The Monk Family by Charles Harwood Bowman.

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Monk Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm

Other References

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  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  11. ...

The Monk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Monk 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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