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Where did the English Monson family come from? What is the English Monson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Monson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Monson family history?

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.

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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.

First found in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire where the aforementioned William 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.


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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.

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Another 279 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Monson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

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  • 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
  • Byron Monson, American Sociologist
  • George Henry Monson (1755-1823), English amateur cricketer
  • Sir William Monson (1569-1643), English naval commander
  • Sir Edward Monson (1834-1908), English diplomat, ambassador at Paris in 1896
  • Walter Monson (1909-1988), Canadian gold medalist ice hockey player at the 1932 Winter Olympics

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  • A Genealogy of Richard Woodworth, 1758-Ireland-1843 Ohio by Marie Monson.
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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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  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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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 23 June 2014 at 08:44.

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