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We must look to France for the early origins of the name Monson for it is here that the name was derived from Monceaux, who was descended from the ancient lords of Maers and Monceaux, Counts of Nevers. The Count of Nevers ( c. 990) had a son named Landric of Nevers who was grandfather of William de Monson who is mentioned by Wace in 1066. This same person appears as William de Moncellis in the Exeter Domesday and as William de Nevers in Norfolk in 1086.


The surname Monson was first found in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire where the aforementioned William's descendants settled. The ancestry of this distinguished Norman name can be traced to Carleton, Lincolnshire when they were Lords of the manor Antecedent to 1200. Thomas de Monceaux (d. 1345) seized the manors of Killingholm and Keleby. His son, Sir John de Monceaux (or Monson) (d. 1363) seized Burton, all in the Lincolnshire.

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Monson, Munson, Mounson and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Monson research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1569, 1643, 1601, 1626, 1672, 1565, 1641, 1597, 1598, 1604, 1611, 1614, 1599, 1683, 1625, 1626, 1628, 1674, 1660, 1674, 1653, 1718, 1675 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Monson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Monson of South Carlton, Lincolnshire; Sir William Monson (1569-1643), an English admiral and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1601 and 1626; William Monson, 1st Viscount Monson (died ca.1672), one of the Regicides of King Charles I of...

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Monson or a variant listed above:

Monson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Monson, who arrived in Virginia in 1651

Monson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Monson, aged 33, landed in New York in 1812
  • Charles, George, and James Monson all arrived in New York in 1845
  • Carl Monson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • R Monson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • Anders Monson, who landed in Arkansas in 1880
  • ...

Monson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ole August Monson, who landed in Wisconsin in 1913

Monson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Henry Monson, aged 28, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

Monson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Monson (1793-1866), an English carpenter, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848, a founding settler in Dunedin
  • William Henry Monson, aged 22, a carpenter, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • John Robert Monson, aged 19, a carpenter, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • Edward Monson arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875

  • Thomas S. Monson (b. 1927), current President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)
  • Marianne Monson (b. 1975), American children's author
  • Earl M. Monson (b. 1932), American general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1998-2002
  • David Smith Monson (b. 1945), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah (1985-1987), 2nd Lieutenant Governor of Utah (1977-1985)
  • Ander Monson, American novelist, poet, and nonfiction writer, awarded the 2007 John C. Zacharis First Book Award
  • Joseph Monson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1904
  • E. E. Monson, American politician, Secretary of State of Utah, 1944
  • David Smith Monson (b. 1945), American Republican politician, Utah State Auditor, 1973-77; Lieutenant Governor of Utah, 1977-85; U.S. Representative from Utah 2nd District, 1985-87
  • Arch Monson Jr., American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for California, 1968
  • Angela Monson, American Democrat politician, Member of Oklahoma State Senate 48th District; Elected 2002
  • ...

  • A Genealogy of Richard Woodworth, 1758-Ireland-1843 Ohio by Marie Monson.

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: Prest pour mon pais
Motto Translation: Ready for my country.


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    Other References

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    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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    The Monson Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Monson 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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