Munch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Munch family

The surname Munch 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 Munch family

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Munch Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Munch family (pre 1700)

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United States Munch migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Jacob Peter Munch, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • Philipp Simon Munch, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • Johann Nicklaus Munch, who arrived in America in 1739 [1]
  • Maria Apollonia Munch, who arrived in America in 1739 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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 [1]
  • Adam Munch, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845 [1]
  • Christian Munch, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [1]
  • Maria Munch, who landed in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Munch migration to Australia +

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

Munch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Munch, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"

Contemporary Notables of the name Munch (post 1700) +

  • Emil Munch, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 2nd District, 1861; Minnesota State Treasurer, 1868-72 [2]
  • David Munch, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1856 [2]
  • Adolph Munch, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 28th District, 1872 [2]
  • 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
  • Oskar Andreas Munch (1928-2017), Norwegian businessperson, chairman of Elektrisk Bureau and Asea Brown Boveri
  • 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"


  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 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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