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Early Origins of the Munton family

The surname Munton was first found in Shropshire at Minton, a township, in the parish and union of Church-Stretton, hundred of Munslow. [1] The first record of the family was Walter de Muneton who was listed here in 1209. [2]

Later Peter de Muneton was listed by writ at Muneton manor, which was held "by service of keeping the king's forest of Longemund and hays of Bismor and Hauekehurst" in records from the Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem during the Reign of Henry III (ruled 1216-1272). Richard de Mineton was listed in the Assize Rolls for Shropshire (Salop) in 1221. [2]

Early History of the Munton family

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Munton Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Munton include Muntin, Minton, Munden, Munton and others.

Early Notables of the Munton family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Lieutenant William Anthony Munton was a Naval officer, who was appointed to the Caledonia, in the capacity of Additional-Lieutenant in 1844


United States Munton migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Muntons to arrive on North American shores:

Munton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Munton, aged 42, who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Constantine" in 1852 [3]
  • Josiah Munton, aged 10, who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Christiana" in 1854 [3]
  • Mary A. Munton, aged 41, who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Christiana" in 1854 [3]
  • Ferdinand Munton, aged 13, who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Christiana" in 1854 [3]
  • James Munton, aged 24, who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Christiana" in 1854 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Munton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Munton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Munton, (b. 1863), aged 4 months, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [4]
  • Mrs. Catherine Munton, (b. 1830), aged 33, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Munton, (b. 1833), aged 30, British farm labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [4]
  • Miss Eliza Munton, (b. 1859), aged 4, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Munton (post 1700) +

  • Timothy Alan "Tim" Munton (b. 1965), English cricketer who played two Test matches for England in 1992


  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/passenger-result
  4. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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