Munthe af Morgenstierne (noble family)

Bredo von Munthe af Morgenstierne was ennobled in 1755.

von Munthe af Morgenstierne is a Danish and a Norwegian noble family living in Norway. It descends from Bredo Munthe, who on 19 December 1755 was ennobled under the name von Munthe af Morgenstierne. The family is included in the Yearbook of the Danish Nobility.


Letter of nobility of 1755 to Bredo Munthe, thereafter Bredo von Munthe af Morgenstierne. It includes the family's coat of arms.

The name von Munthe af Morgenstierne consists of the names of two older families, Munthe and Morgenstierne, from which Bredo von Munthe af Morgenstierne descended. When he applied for ennoblement, he claimed that these two families were originally noble.


Bredo von Munthe af Morgenstierne was the son of priest Otto Munthe.

Bredo von Munthe af Morgenstierne descended patrilineally from bailiff Christopher Giertsen Morgenstierne. Christopher Morgenstierne married Birgitta Ludvigsdatter Munthe, with whom he had seven children. They took the name Munthe from their mother.

Coat of arms

The arms, which were granted upon the ennoblement, are partly based on Munthe's old arms.

Description: On a shield divided into two fields, whereof the upper is silver and the lower is red, in the 1st field two chopped and crossed brown tree stems under a ten-pointed golden star, and in the 2nd field three silver balls. On the helm a noble coronet and up from this two bear paws holding three silver balls. Supporters: two against each other sitting and onto the shield looking brown bears.


Norwegian delegation to the United States of America during the First World War. Wilhelm Thorleif von Munthe af Morgenstierne upper left.

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