Muncaster History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Muncaster family

The surname Muncaster was first found in Cumberland where they trace their lineage back to the place name Muncaster, home of Muncaster Castle, a privately owned castle overlooking the Esk river, near the west-coastal town of Ravenglass in Cumbria which dates back at least 800 years. Baron Muncaster was a title in Ireland and the United Kingdom held by the Pennington family, traditional owners of Muncaster Castle. The placename "Muncaster" contains the Latin word castra, meaning "encampment", or "fort."

An early branch of the family was found at Bewaldeth in Cumberland. "[The township] was granted by Alice de Romely to John de Utterfield; after which, the family of Mulcaster had the manor for several descents. In or about the year 1400, Robert de Mulcastre or Mulcaster conveyed it to Robert de Highmore." [1]

Important Dates for the Muncaster family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Muncaster research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1531 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Muncaster History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Muncaster Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Muncaster, Moncaster, Molcaster, Mulcaster and others.

Early Notables of the Muncaster family (pre 1700)

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Muncaster migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Muncaster Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Muncaster, aged 27, a farm labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Muncaster (post 1700)

  • Dean Muncaster (1933-2012), Canadian President and CEO of Canadian Tire Corporation (1965 to 1984)


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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