Muncey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Muncey reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Muncey family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Muncey family lived in Sussex. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Monceaux, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Muncey family

The surname Muncey was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat as lords of the manor of Herstmonceux. They were descended from the ancient Lords of Maers and Monceaux, Counts of Nevers in Normandy. They were granted lands in Sussex and those branches, retaining the name Monceaux became the Lords of Monson, the Viscounts Castlemaine, and the Lords Sondes.

Another branch moved north into Cumberland soon after the Conquest: Hammond Monceaux was Sheriff of Cumberland in 1290, and it is there that the Mounsey branch is thought to have arisen.

About this time, Walter de Muncy, 1st Baron Muncy (d. c. 1309), was summoned to Parliament and was accordingly granted a peerage on 6 February 1299. This gentleman may be the same person referenced at Thornton in the West Riding of Yorkshire in early times. "This place in the reign of Edward I. belonged to Walter de Muncey, who obtained from that monarch the grant of a weekly market, and a fair on the festival of St. Thomas the Martyr and four following days." [1]

Early History of the Muncey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Muncey research. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1291, 1296, 1395 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Muncey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Muncey Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Muncey family name include Mounsey, Mounsie, Mouncie, Mouncey, Mouncy, Muncey, Muncie, Mounceaus, Monceaux, Monceux, Monse and many more.

Early Notables of the Muncey family (pre 1700)

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


United States Muncey migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Muncey family to immigrate North America:

Muncey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Muncey, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1845

Canada Muncey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Muncey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Muncey, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778

Australia Muncey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Muncey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Muncey, English convict who was convicted in Cambridgeshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 9th May 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Muncey (post 1700) +

  • Charles D. Muncey, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from McDowell County, 1960 [3]
  • William Edward "Bill" Muncey (1928-1981), American hydroplane racing pioneer, posthumous inductee into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (2004)
  • Peter Muncey, English film grip, best known for his work in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), This Is England (2006) and The Wolfman (2010)
  • Laura Muncey (b. 1984), birth name of Laura More, a British singer who is best known for her appearance in the "Call on Me" music video
  • Cameron Thane Muncey (b. 1980), Australian guitarist and vocalist


The Muncey Motto +

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: Semper paratus
Motto Translation: Always prepared.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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