Show ContentsMuench History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the distinguished German surname Muench lie in the region of the Rhineland. The name is derived from the Low German words "Münk" or "Mönk," meaning "monk." Muench was probably first used as a surname by a former member of a monastery, who passed the name down to his descendants.

Early Origins of the Muench family

The surname Muench was first found in the Rhineland, where this family was a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always influential in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it forged alliances with other families within the region and the nation. The first known bearer of the name was the farmer Albrecht Münch, who lived at the southern edge of the Rhineland in 1204.

Early History of the Muench family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Muench research. Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1286, 1788 and 1831 are included under the topic Early Muench History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Muench Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Munch, Munnich, Munnick, Muench, Münch, Munsch, Münsch, Muenich, Münnich, Monsche, Münich, Muennich, Muennick and many more.

Early Notables of the Muench family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Muench Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Muench migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Muench Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Peter Muench, aged 39, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • Johann Simon Muench, aged 35, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • Jacob Peter Muench, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Christ Ludwig Muench, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • Joseph Muench, who landed in New York, NY in 1782 [1]
Muench Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ernst Muench, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1851 [1]
  • Anton Muench, who sailed from Bremen to New York in 1853
  • Margareta Muench, who arrived in America in 1856 [1]
  • Peter Muench, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1859 [1]
  • Adam Muench, who settled in America after fighting in the Revolutionary War

Contemporary Notables of the name Muench (post 1700) +

  • Hugo Muench, American politician, U.S. Consul in Plauen, 1905 [2]
  • F. Muench, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1860 [2]
  • Alexis N. Muench, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1928 [2]
  • Aloisius Joseph Muench (1889-1962), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Fargo from 1935 to 1959

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from on Facebook