The name Monkhouse was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Monkhouse family lived in Northumberland
is one of several names that find their roots in the Anglo-Saxon
It may be either local
in origin, signifying worker at the monk's house
in some instances and dweller at the monk's
house in others. The surname may have also been used to identify one who hailed from any of several places in England
In some cases the name may also be an Anglicized version of the Norman local surname Monceaux.
Early Origins of the Monkhouse family
The surname Monkhouse was first found in Northumberland
where the "surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'at the monk-house,' i.e. the house where the monk or monks resided." CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
One of the first records of the family was found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Rogerus del Munkhous. Later the Wills at Chester listed Thomas Munkas, of Chorlton, Manchester in 1660. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Monkhouse family
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Monkhouse 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 Monkhouse have been found, including Monkhouse, Monckhouse, Monkhowse and others.
Early Notables of the Monkhouse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Monkhouse family to Ireland
Some of the Monkhouse family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 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 Monkhouse 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 Monkhouse were among those contributors:
Monkhouse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jane Monkhouse, who arrived in Virginia in 1765
Monkhouse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Wm. Monkhouse, who settled in Philadelphia in 1805
- James Monkhouse, who settled in San Francisco in 1851
- James Monkhouse, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Monkhouse (post 1700)
- Steven Monkhouse (b. 1962), English former cricketer who played from 1989 to 1986
- Graham Monkhouse (b. 1954), former English cricketer who played from 1987 to 1979
- Amy Monkhouse (b. 1979), English gold medalist lawn bowler at the 2010 Commonwealth Games
- Alan Thompson William Monkhouse (1930-1992), English footballer who played from 1949 to 1957
- Robert Alan "Bob" Monkhouse OBE (1928-2003), English comedian and game show host of more than 30 different games shows, received a Lifetime Achievement for Comedy in 1995
- Andrew William "Andy" Monkhouse (b. 1980), English professional footballer
- Allan Noble Monkhouse (1858-1936), English playwright and critic
- Michelle Kathleen Monkhouse (1991-2011), Canadian aspiring fashion model, a Ford Model who was tragically killed in a road accident at the age of 19
- William Cosmo Monkhouse (1840-1901), Canadian man of letters, poet, art and literature critic
The Monkhouse Motto
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: Monachus Salvabor
Motto Translation: A monk (house) shall be saved.