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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Montag. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Montag family lived on a mountain or near a mountainous area. The name Montagna is derived from the Italian word montagna or montano, which means a mountain. Sometimes the name was used for someone who came from Montagna.

Montag Early Origins



The surname Montag was first found in numerous regions, although Venice is the city of origin for both Montagna and Montan branches. Montana was widespread in Sicily, Montano and Montani in Liguria, Montanelli in Tuscany, and Montanari in Emilia Romagna. The name and its variants all stem from people who lived in or near mountainous regions.

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Montag Spelling Variations


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Montag Spelling Variations



Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristi c. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Montag include Montagnano, Montagnini, Montagnoni, Montan, Montanari, Montanarini, Montanaro, Montanelli, Montani, Montano, Montana, Montagnino and many more.

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Montag Early History


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Montag Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montag research. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1523, 1633, 1687, 1406, 1608 and 1440 are included under the topic Early Montag History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Montag Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Montag Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Bartolomeo Montagna (1450-1523), an Italian painter and architect who worked in Vicenza and Venice, and founder of the school of Vicenza, with works able to be seen today in the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and frescoes in the Church of Santi Nazaro e...

Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Montag Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Montag or a variant listed above:

Montag Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henrich Montag, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782

Montag Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johannes Montag, who arrived in America in 1832
  • Joseph Montag, who landed in America in 1845
  • Joh Friedrich Karl Montag, who arrived in America in 1845
  • Franz Montag, who arrived in America in 1845
  • Karl Joseph Montag, who arrived in America in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Montag (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Montag (post 1700)



  • Mark S. Montag, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Murray, Utah, 1985
  • June B. Montag, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2000, 2004; Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 2000; Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 2000

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    2. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    3. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    4. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    7. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    11. ...

    The Montag Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Montag Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2015 at 09:22.

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