Origins Available: English
Montay is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Montay family lived in Derbyshire
. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Mundeyville, Normandy
where they inhabited the Abbey of Fecamp.
Early Origins of the Montay family
The surname Montay was first found in Derbyshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Montay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montay research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1529, 1591, 1555, 1630, 1560, 1633, 1685 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Montay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Montay Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Montay are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Montay include Mundy, Mondy, Monday, Munday, Mundie and others.
Early Notables of the Montay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Mundy (c.
1529-1591), an English composer of sacred music; and his son, John Mundy (c.
1555-1630), English composer and organist; Anthony Munday... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Montay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Montay family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Montay, or a variant listed above: Hugh and Henry Monday, who settled in New England
in 1630; Elizabeth Mundy settled with her husband and servants in Barbados in 1679; Bridget Mundy and her husband settled in Maryland in 1684.
The Montay 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: Deus providebit
Motto Translation: God will provide.