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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.

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The surname Muncy 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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
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  • 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
  • Thomas J. Muncy, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1920; U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, 1921-22
  • Raymond R. Muncy, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Mingo County, 1972
  • Ralph W. Muncy (1902-1992), American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Governor of Michigan, 1958; Socialist Labor Candidate for University of Michigan Board of Regents, 1959; Michigan Socialist Labor State Chair, 1961-69
  • Myron J. Muncy, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Cortland County, 1911
  • Lydia Baird Muncy (1902-1996), American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1964; Socialist Labor Candidate for University of Michigan Board of Regents, 1968
  • Charles P. Muncy, American Republican politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives 84th District; Elected 1975
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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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Citations



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

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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.

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