Montana History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Montana family

The surname Montana was first found in the Basque region of northern Spain in a hamlet near Berantevilla in Álava.

Early History of the Montana family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montana research. Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 128 and 1289 are included under the topic Early Montana History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Montana Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Montana family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family were seventeenth century Spanish writer Román Montero Espinosa; nineteenth century Colombian military officer José Manuel Montoya; nineteenth century Spanish bullfighter Francisco Montes, known as "Paquiro"; nineteenth century Bolivian politician Ismael Montes; nineteenth century Spanish composer Juan de Montes...
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Montana Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Montana family

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.


Contemporary Notables of the name Montana (post 1700) +

  • 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 [1]
  • Irene Pease Montana, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1920 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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