Monk Family CrestThe English surname Monk is of nickname origin, deriving it’s meaning from for someone of monkish habits or appearance, or an occupational name for a servant employed at a monastery. The name Monk finds its origin in the  Middle English term munk meaning “ a monk.” (The name Monk is ultimately from the Old English munuc, munec, from Late Latin monachus, Greek monakhos ‘solitary’, a derivative of monos ‘alone’).The name Monk is first recorded in Devon where the family were Lords of the Manor in Potheridge in the 11th Century. They claim descent from a Norman noble Le Moyne who attended Duke William at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

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