Monktomb History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Monktomb was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Monktomb family lived in Yorkshire at Monckton, from whence their name derives.

Early Origins of the Monktomb family

The surname Monktomb was first found in Yorkshire in the West Riding where they were anciently Lords of the Manor of Moor Monckton. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086 initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066, Moor Monckton was held by Richard son of Erfast, but the records of Monkton have been lost. The family derive their origin from Simon Monckton, who conjecturally was descended from Richard, the holder of the lands at the Domesday Survey. His lordship and manse was enjoyed by his descendants until 1326 when it was made into a nunnery and renamed Nun-Monkton, a curious play on words. The parish of Newbald in the East Riding of Yorkshire is of particular significance to the family at this time. "The Monckton family, ancestors of Viscount Galway, who is lord of the manor of South Newbald, were formerly seated here." [1]

Early History of the Monktomb family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Monktomb research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1665, 1659, 1722, 1695, 1751 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Monktomb History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Monktomb Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Monkton, Monckton, Moncktone, Monktone, Mongton, Mongdene and many more.

Early Notables of the Monktomb family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Philip Monckton, Lord of the manors of Cavil, near Howden, and Hodroyd, near Barnsley, Yorkshire; and his son, Robert Monckton (c.1659-1722), an...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Monktomb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Monktomb family to Ireland

Some of the Monktomb family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Monktomb family

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Monktomb or a variant listed above: William Monkton who landed in North America in 1750.



The Monktomb 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: Famam extendere factis
Motto Translation: To extent fame by deeds.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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