Marmont History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Marmont is part of the ancient legacy of the early Norman inhabitants that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Marmont was a Norman name used for a person who was a mischievous child, or who liked to play tricks and make jokes, having derived from the Old French word "marmion," meaning "monkey." [1] [2]

We include this first origin only because of the fact that two noted sources do so. We prefer another source which is just a qualified and we believe more likely.

"They appear to have been a branch of the Tessons. Ralph Tesson, who brought 120 knights of his dependence to the aid of Duke William at the battle of Val des Dunes in 1047, founded c. 1055 the Abbey of Fontenay, near Caen (Gall. Christ xi. 413). A charter of his was witnessed by William Marmion or Marmilon, probably his brother, c. 1070 (Ibid.), who, with his family possessed part of Fontenay. Robert Marmion, his son, Viscount of Fontenay-le-Tesson, passed into England with the Conqueror, and had extensive grants, his descendants a century later holding 17 fees in England and 5 in Normandy (Lib. Niger: Feoda Norm. Duchesne). [3] The Tessons of Normandy bore Gules a fesse Ermine; the Marmions Vair a fesse Gules." [4]

Early Origins of the Marmont family

The surname Marmont was first found in Warwickshire.

"They were, it is said, the hereditary Champions of Normandy; and after the Conquest, Robert de Marmion held the castle and manor of Tamworth that he received Tamworth from the Conqueror 'is verified,' says Dugdale, by an ancient window in this church, where the said King, 'being depicted in his Robes of State, and crowned, stretcheth forth his hand to him, holding a Charter therein, neer the Gate of a faire Castle.' in Warwickshire and Scrivelsby in Lincolnshire by the tenure of performing that office at the King's coronation; being bound 'to ride completely armed upon a barbed horse into Westminster Hall, and there to challenge the combat with whomsoever should dare to oppose the King's title to the crown.' His seat was at Tamworth Castle, the head of his Warwickshire barony." [5]

Robert Marmion (died 1218), the 6th Baron of Tamworth, was an English nobleman, an itinerant justice and was reputed to have been the King's Champion."The chiefs of this great house are stated to have been hereditary champions to the Dukes of Normandy, prior to the Conquest of England: certain it is, that Robert de Marmyon, Lord of Fonteney, Robert de Marmyon, Lord of Fonteney, obtained from his royal master, not long after the battle of Hastings, a grant of the manors of Tamworth, co. Warwick, and Scivelsby, co. Lincoln, the latter to be held 'by service of performing the office of champion at the King's Coronation.' " [6] [7]

Early History of the Marmont family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marmont research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1425, 1489, 1603, 1639, 1449 and 1302 are included under the topic Early Marmont History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Marmont Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Marmion, Marmyon, Merryman, Merriman and others.

Early Notables of the Marmont family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Baron Marmyon of Tamworth, Simon Marmion (c. 1425-1489), a French or Burgundian Early Netherlandish painter of panels and illuminated manuscript. Shackerley [Shakerley, Shakerly, Schackerley] Marmion [Marmyon, Marmyun, or Mermion] (1603-1639), was...
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marmont Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Marmont family to Ireland

Some of the Marmont family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Marmont migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Marmont name or one of its variants:

Marmont Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Josef Marmont, aged 25, originally from Liady, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Pisa" from Hamburg, Germany [8]
  • Jakob Marmont, aged 60, originally from Russia, arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Barbarossa" from Bremen, Germany [9]
  • Anna Marmont, aged 37, originally from Luivalke, arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Barbarossa" from Bremen, Germany [10]
  • Lindsey Edgar Marmont, aged 56, originally from Vancouver, B.C., arrived in New York in 1916 aboard the ship "Saint Paul" from Liverpool, England [11]
  • Margaret K. Marmont, aged 50, originally from Vancouver, B.C., arrived in New York in 1916 aboard the ship "Saint Paul" from Liverpool, England [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Marmont (post 1700) +

  • Patricia Marmont (b. 1921), American-born, British actress, known for her films in the 1940s and 1950s, daughter of Percy Marmont
  • Percy Marmont (1883-1977), English film actor who appeared in more than 80 films between 1916 and 1968, best known for his leading role in Lord Jim (1925)
  • Auguste de Marmont (1774-1852), Duke of Raguse, French Marshall of the Empire during the French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [13]
  • Louise Marmont (b. 1967), Swedish three-time gold medalist curler


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Liber Niger Scutarii ("Black Book of the Exchequer"), containing reports by county on feudal holdings in England in 1166 (reign of Henry II)
  4. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  5. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  6. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  7. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXNZ-326 : 6 December 2014), Josef Marmont, 04 May 1907; citing departure port Hamburg, arrival port New York, ship name Pisa, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXP1-K53 : 6 December 2014), Jakob Marmont, 22 Aug 1908; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name Barbarossa, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  10. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXP1-K59 : 6 December 2014), Anna Marmont, 22 Aug 1908; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name Barbarossa, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  11. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJH6-CX7 : 6 December 2014), Lindsey Edgar Marmont, 12 Nov 1916; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Saint Paul, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  12. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJH6-C29 : 6 December 2014), Margaret K. Marmont, 12 Nov 1916; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Saint Paul, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  13. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 14) Auguste Marmont. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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