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Origins Available: Danish, German


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

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Munch research. Another 323 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1286, 1788 and 1831 are included under the topic Early Munch History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Munch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jean Noe Munch, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1730
  • Jacob Peter Munch, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Philipp Simon Munch, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Johann Nicklaus Munch, who arrived in America in 1739
  • Maria Apollonia Munch, who arrived in America in 1739


Munch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Friedrich Munch, who arrived in Missouri in 1834
  • Sophie Munch, who landed in Texas in 1844
  • Adam Munch, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • Christian Munch, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846
  • Maria Munch, who landed in Texas in 1846


Munch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Eliza Munch, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"

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  • Emil Munch, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 2nd District, 1861; Minnesota State Treasurer, 1868-72
  • David Munch, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1856
  • Adolph Munch, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 28th District, 1872
  • Richard Heinrich Ludwig Münch (1916-1987), German actor, best known for portraying Alfred Jodl in Patton (1970)
  • Markus Münch (b. 1972), German former football defender
  • Peter Rochegune Munch (1870-1948), Danish historian and politician, Foreign Minister of Denmark from 1929 to 1940
  • Charles Munch (1891-1968), Strasbourg-born, concert violinist and former conductor of the Boston Symphony
  • Edvard Munch (1883-1944), Norwegian painter, the great protagonist of Expressionism in modern art, best known for his work "The Scream"


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The Munch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Munch 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 2 November 2015 at 09:04.

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