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The ancestors of the Montagu family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Somerset. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Montaigu-Les-Bois in Coutance, Normandy. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)


Montagu Early Origins



The surname Montagu was first found in Somerset. In the Domesday Book Drogo de Montacuto held lands under Robert, Earl of Morton and was one of the companions of the Conqueror in his quest to conquer England. As half-brother of the Conqueror, "this Drogo fixed his chief residence at the castle of Shipton-Montacute, co, Somerset. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Simon de Montacute, Lord of Shipton-Montacute was a strong warrior during the reign of Edward I, "a right valiant cheiftaine." "From this renowned soldier descended the illustrious race of Montague, conspicuous in all the great achievements of English history. " The parish of Montacute in Somerset holds a special significance to the family's lineage. "This place, in the time of the Saxons, was called Logaresburch, which is said to have been changed for its present name by William, Earl of Morton, who soon after the Conquest built a strong castle here, on the sharp point of a hill. " [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Montagu Spelling Variations


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Montagu Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Montagu were recorded, including Montague, Montagu, Montegue, Montacute and others.

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Montagu Early History


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Montagu Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montagu research. Another 383 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1793, 1350, 1400, 1485, 1557, 1530, 1602, 1559, 1563, 1644, 1563, 1642, 1603, 1677, 1602, 1671, 1616, 1684, 1636, 1665, 1661, 1715, 1678, 1761 and are included under the topic Early Montagu History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Montagu Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Montagu Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Montacute, (1350-1400), 3rd Earl of Salisbury and 5th and 2nd Baron Montacute, English nobleman, one of the few who remained loyal to Richard II after Henry IV became king; James Montagu, Bishop of Bath; Sir Edward Montagu ( ca. 1485-1557), an English lawyer...

Another 134 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Montagu Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Montagu In Ireland


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Montagu In Ireland



Some of the Montagu family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Montagu Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Montagu arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Montagu (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Montagu (post 1700)



  • Ashley Francis Ashley- Montagu (b. 1905), born Israel Ehrenberg, A British anthropologist; the American Humanist Association named him the Humanist of the Year in 1995
  • Charles Edgar Samuel Montagu (b. 1954), 5th Baron Swaythling, English peer
  • Edward John Barrington Douglas-Scott- Montagu (1926-2015), 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, an English Conservative politician, best known for founding the National Motor Museum
  • Edward Wortley Montagu (1713-1776), English author and traveller
  • Richard Montagu (1577-1641), English prelate
  • Goerge Montagu (1753-1815), English naturalist
  • Elizabeth Montagu (1720-1800), English writer
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762), English aristocrat
  • Lieutenant-General Sir Charles Montagu KB (1777-1755), British Army officer, Colonel of the 61st Regiment of Foot (1755-1760), Colonel of the 2nd (Queen's Royal) Regiment of Foot (1760-1777)

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Equitas actionum regula
Motto Translation: Let equity be the rule of our actions.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Montagu Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Montagu 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.

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