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The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. This German surname of MUNSTERMAN was an occupational name for a moneyer, derived from the Old German word MUNZER, and the Yiddish word MINTSER, a derivative of MYNET, meaning 'coin'. The name was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form MONETA, originally an epithet meaning 'Counsellor (from monere to advise) of Juno' at whose temple in Rome the coins were struck. The English term MINTER was used at an early date to denote a workman who stamped the coins; later it came to denote the supervisors of the mint, who were wealthy and socially elevated members of the merchant class, and who were responsible for the quality of the coinage by having their names placed on the coins. The name is also spelt MINTER, MONNIER, LEMMONNIER, MONETA, MONEDERO, MUNZER, MUNZER, MINTZ, MUNTER, DeMIENTER and DeMUNTER. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. A notable member of the name was Sebastian MUNSTER (1489-1552) the German theologian and cosmographer, born in Ingelheim. He became a Franciscan monk, but after the Reformation taught Hebrew and theology at Heidelberg, and from 1536 mathematics at Basel. He brought out a Hebrew bible (1534-35), Hebrew and Chaldee grammars, and wrote a famous 'Cosmographia' (1544). German or Teutonic heraldry extended its sphere of influence over central Europe and spread into Scandinavia. It is most notable for its design and treatment of crests, most of which reflect the arms in the charge or tinctures (colours) or both, which is unknown in British heraldry. Teutonic Europe assembled many arms on a single shield, each bearing its corresponding crest on a helmet.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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