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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.
Another 279 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Monson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Monson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Monson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Monson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Monson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
The Monson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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.
This page was last modified on 21 January 2016 at 09:44.