Montegue is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Montegue family lived in Somerset
. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Montaigu-Les-Bois in Coutance, Normandy
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)
Early Origins of the Montegue family
The surname Montegue 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. " 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. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Montegue family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montegue 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 Montegue History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Montegue Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Montegue include Montague, Montagu, Montegue, Montacute and others.
Early Notables of the Montegue family (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 Montegue Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Montegue family to Ireland
Some of the Montegue 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.
Migration of the Montegue family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Montegues to arrive on North American shores:
Montegue Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Peter Montegue, who landed in Virginia in 1619 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Montegue Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Neil, Benjamin and Thomas Montegue all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
The Montegue 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.