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                MONEY                     

Local parish and church records shows the first record of the name Money was found in Herefordshire where they were seated 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 the Year of Our Lord 1066.

The Family name Money is descended originally from the Norman race. They were of Viking origin. The Vikings landed in the Orkneys and northern Scotland in the Year of Our Lord 870, under their King, Stirgud the Stout. Thorfinn Rollo, his descendant landed in northern France in the Year of Our Lord 940.The French King, Charles the Simple, after Rollo laid siege to Paris, finally conceded defeat and granted northern France to Rollo. Rollo became the first Duke of Normandy, the territory of the North Men. Rollo married Charles the Simple's daughter and became a covert to Christianity. Duke William who invaded and defeated England in 1066, was descended from the first Duke Rollo of Normandy.

Duke William took a census of most of England in 1086, and recorded it in the Domesday Book. A family name capable of being traced back to this manuscript, or to Hastings was a signal honour for most families during the Middle Ages, and even to this day.

The surname Money emerged as a notable family name in the county of Herefordshire where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated as Lords of the manor of Much Marcle and estates in that shire. They were originally from Monnay in the department of Orne in Normandy and accompanied William the Conqueror into England. By the 13th century they had branched to Whetham in Wiltshire and Pitsford in Northampton.

The surname Money contributed much to local politics and in the affairs of England and Scotland. During the 11th and 12th centuries many of these Norman families moved north to Scotland. Later, in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries England was ravaged by religious and political conflict. The Monarchy, the Church and parliament fought for supremacy. All, in their time, made demands on rich and poor alike. They broke the spirit of men and many turned from religion, or alternatively, renewed their faith. Many families were freely “encouraged” to migrate to Ireland, or to the “colonies”.

The settlers in Ireland became known as the “Adventures for land in Ireland”. They undertook to keep the Protestant faith. In Ireland they settled in Dublin.

The democratic attitudes of the New World spread like wildfire. Many migrated aboard the fleet of sailing ships known as the “White Sails”. The stormy Atlantic, small pox, dysentery, cholera and typhoid took its toll on the settlers and many of these tiny overcrowded ships arrived with only 60% of their passenger list.