The surname of MUNN was derived from the Old French 'Mun' a name given to a monk or a man of the cloth. The name was probably brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Early records of the name mention William de Moion, listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Reginald de Moyn was documented in County Somerset in the year 1239. Thomas le Mun, 1275, County Norfolk. William de Mohun of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Thomas Haynes and Dorothy Moone were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1762. William Moon and Mary Stuart were married at St.George's, London in the year 1762. The name was taken early to Scotland by settlers, and John de Mohun is recorded in Carlaverock in the year 1300, and appears to be the first of the name on record. George Moon is recorded in the year 1711 in Kilspindie. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
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