Montanye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Montanye family
The surname Montanye was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Dracon Mountigni of Calvados in Normandy who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Robert de Munteigni was recorded in Essex in 1177. Alexander Muntini was in Essex in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273.
Early History of the Montanye family
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Montanye Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Mounteney, Mountenay, Montigni, Monteigni, Mountnay and many more.
Early Notables of the Montanye family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Montanye family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alexandr Mountney, who settled in Virginia in 1610; Alex Mountney, who came to Virginia in 1657; Thomas Mountaigne, who came to Barbados in 1679; Alice Mountain, who arrived in Virginia in 1733.
Contemporary Notables of the name Montanye (post 1700)
- Austin D. L. Montanye, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 18th District, 1912; Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 9th District, 1919, 1922, 1923 
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html