Monk List of Famous Monks

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This list of famous monks includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top monks in the world? This includes the most prominent monks, living and dead, both in America and abroad. You might also enjoy these photos of monks enjoying beer or the cannibal Aghori monks of India. This list of notable monks is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic monks were born and what their nationality is. The monk names on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned monks.

Some of the famous monk names listed below include Grigori Rasputin, Martin Luther, and more. Whether you're looking to learn about female monks, Catholic monks, Chinese monks, Asian monks, Italian monks, Buddhist monks, or any other legendary monks, they're sure to be listed below. Even if you're looking for good, cool, or funny monk names, this list has them all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known monks to, perhaps, a lesser-known monk name with which you aren't yet familiar, these are easily the most notable and famous monks throughout history. Who are the most famous monks ever? What are the names of famous monks? Read on to find out!

Martin Luther is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Monks
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Martin Luther was a German friar, priest and professor of theology who was a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. Initially an Augustinian friar, Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's ...more

Age: Died at 63 (1483-1546)

Birthplace: Eisleben, Germany

Nationality: Holy Roman Empire

Profession: Priest, Theologian, Professor, Physician, Monk, + more

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#45 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#24 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#43 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Nhat Hanh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Monks
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Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term Engaged Buddhism in his book Vietnam: Lotus in ...more

Age: 90

Birthplace: Vietnam

Nationality: Vietnam

Profession: Pacifist, Poet, Monk, Writer, Teacher

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Grigori Rasputin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Monks
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Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was a Russian peasant, mystical faith healer and a trusted friend to the Tsar's family. He became an influential figure in Saint Petersburg, especially after August 1915 when Tsar Nicholas II took command of the army at the front. There is much uncertainty over Rasputin's ...more

Age: Died at 47 (1869-1916)

Birthplace: Pokrovskoye, Russia

Nationality: Russian Empire

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Gregor Mendel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Monks
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Gregor Johann Mendel was a German-speaking Moravian scientist and Augustinian friar who gained posthumous fame as the founder of the modern science of genetics. Though farmers had known for centuries that crossbreeding of animals and plants could favor certain desirable traits, Mendel's pea plant ...more

Age: Died at 62 (1822-1884)

Birthplace: Hynčice, Czech Republic

Nationality: Austria-Hungary

Profession: Scientist, Monk, Botanist

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#41 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#77 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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