Monktume History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Monktume reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Monktume family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Monktume family lived in Yorkshire at Monckton, from whence their name derives.
Early Origins of the Monktume family
The surname Monktume 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." 
Early History of the Monktume family
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Monktume Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Monkton, Monckton, Moncktone, Monktone, Mongton, Mongdene and many more.
Early Notables of the Monktume 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...
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Migration of the Monktume family to Ireland
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Migration of the Monktume family
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Monktume name or one of its variants: William Monkton who landed in North America in 1750.
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The Monktume 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.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.