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

The name Mundy was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mundy family lived in Derbyshire. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Mundeyville, Normandy where they inhabited the Abbey of Fecamp.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Mundy have been found, including Mundy, Mondy, Monday, Munday, Mundie and others.

First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mundy research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1529, 1591, 1555, 1630, 1560, 1633, 1685 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Mundy History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 105 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mundy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Mundy were among those contributors:

Mundy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Wm Mundy, who landed in Virginia in 1656
  • Elizabeth Mundy settled with her husband and servants in Barbados in 1679
  • Bridget Mundy and her husband settled in Maryland in 1684

Mundy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Mundy, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Mundy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Caroline Mundy, aged 35, a servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • John Mundy, aged 26, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Matilda Mundy, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876


  • General Carl Epting Mundy Jr. (1935-2014), United States Marine Corps general, thirtieth Commandant of the Marine Corps, and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1991 until 1995
  • Jimmy Mundy (1907-1983), American jazz tenor saxophonist, arranger, and composer
  • Mr. Alfred Mundy (d. 1941), British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Josef Mundy (1935-1994), Israeli author and playwright
  • David Mundy (b. 1985), Australian rules footballer
  • Harry Mundy (b. 1915), British car engine 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: Deus providebit
Motto Translation: God will provide.


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The Mundy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mundy 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 17 April 2015 at 21:56.

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