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The ancestors of the Monks family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Monks is 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.

Monks Early Origins



The surname Monks 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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Monks Spelling Variations


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Monks Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Monks family name include Monk, Monks, Monck, Moncks, Monckes and others.

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Monks Early History


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Monks Early History



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

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Monks Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Monks 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 Monks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Monks In Ireland


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Monks In Ireland



Some of the Monks 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



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Monks family to immigrate North America:

Monks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Monks settled in Nevis in 1660

Monks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Monks, aged 20, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Robert Monks, aged 22, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Thomas Monks, aged 17, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • James Monks, aged 68, landed in Rhode Island in 1812
  • Matthew Monks, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1831
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Monks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Monks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  • Michael Monks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848
  • Charles Monks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849
  • William Monks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline Agnes" in 1850

Monks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Hezekiah Monks arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Monks (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Monks (post 1700)



  • John Cherry Monks Jr. (1910-2004), American author, actor, playwright, screenwriter and director
  • Joseph M. Monks (b. 1968), American writer and blind film director
  • George Howard Monks (1853-1933), American surgeon and dentist, former Professor of Oral Surgery at Harvard Dental School
  • W. Harry Monks, American politician, Mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, 1927-28
  • Thomas E. Monks, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1932
  • Robert A. G. Monks, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Maine, 1976
  • Bruce L. Monks (b. 1923), American Democrat politician, Supervisor of Clinton Township, Michigan, 1961-65; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 71st District, 1965-66; Defeated, 1966
  • George Derek Monks (b. 1929), English former first-class cricketer from Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • Neale Monks (b. 1971), English former paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London
  • Victoria Monks (1884-1927), British Music Hall singer from Blackpool, best known for her recording of "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey"
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Monks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Monks 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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