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Where did the English Muncy family come from? What is the English Muncy family crest and coat of arms? When did the Muncy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Muncy family history?

The history of the Muncy family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They 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.


Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Mounsey, Mounsie, Mouncie, Mouncey, Mouncy, Muncey, Muncie, Mounceaus, Monceaux, Monceux, Monse and many more.

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 web page shows only a small excerpt of our Muncy research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1291, 1296, 1395 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Muncy History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Muncy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Muncy name or one of its variants:

Muncy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J Muncy, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • Muncy, aged 43, who settled in America, in 1893

Muncy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • P. Muncy, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Henry Muncy, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Albert Muncy, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Rene Muncy, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • Wendell D. Muncy, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1921


  • Becky Muncy, American award-winning musician and an elementary school music teacher
  • Mitchell Muncy, American book editor
  • Matt Muncy (b. 1983), American football linebacker
  • Jeff Muncy, American television producer and toy designer


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.


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The Muncy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Muncy 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 9 January 2015 at 15:14.

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