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Montfiguet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Montfiguet come from its first bearer, who was a person of iron point which may have been made in reference to a soldier or warrior. The surname Montfiguet originally derived from the Old English word Fiche which referred to iron point.

Early Origins of the Montfiguet family


The surname Montfiguet was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Montfiguet family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montfiguet research.
Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1300, 1359, 1398, 1612, 1704, 1638 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Montfiguet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Montfiguet Spelling Variations


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Montfiguet has been spelled many different ways, including Fitch, Fitchett, Fitchitt, Fittch, Fitche, Fitchet, Fitchit, Fitz, Fitts and many more.

Early Notables of the Montfiguet family (pre 1700)


Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Montfiguet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Montfiguet family to Ireland


Some of the Montfiguet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 33 words (2 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 Montfiguet family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Montfiguets to arrive in North America: Matthew Fitch who settled in Virginia in 1606; fourteen years before the "Mayflower"; Enecha Fitch who purchased land in Virginia in 1624; James and Abigail Fitch who landed in Boston in 1635.

The Montfiguet 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: Esperance
Motto Translation: Hope.


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