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Noble surnames, such as Montana, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Montana, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Montana family originally lived in a mountainous region of that province. This local name was originally derived from the Spanish word monte, which means hill or wooded upland.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Montoya, de Montoya, Monte, Montes, de Montes, Móntez, Montez, Montero, Monteros, de los Monteros, Montecillo, Montejo, de Montejo, Mont, Montaña, Montana, Montaño and many more.

First found in the Basque region of northern Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montana research. Another 387 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 128 and 1289 are included under the topic Early Montana History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 161 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Montana Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Francisco de Montejo (1479-1548), who voyaged to America with Pedrárias Dávila. He later accompanied Hernán Cortés to Mexico, and became Governor of Veracruz. Other early migrants to the New World included Pedro de los Monteros, who sailed to America in 1513.

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  • Montie Montana Jr. (1935-2013), American cowboy entertainer and showman, director of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
  • John C. Montana, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1936; Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 48th District, 1938
  • Irene Pease Montana, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1920


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  1. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
  2. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  8. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  9. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Montana Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Montana 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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