The name Montfith was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Montfith family lived in Warwickshire
. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, one of two places Montfort-sur-Lisle near Argentan in the Normandy
district, or Montfort near Pont-Audemer, also in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Montfith family
The surname Montfith was first found in Warwickshire
where the family claims descent from "Hugh de Montfort, son of Thurstan de Basternbergh, a Norman accompanied the Conqueror in 1066, and obtained for his services more than one hundred
lordships in Kent
and Norfolk." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Nicknamed "Hugh with a Beard," he was son of Thurstan de Bastenburgh. His descendant Peter de Montford was one of the most zealous amongst the turbulent barons of the era and after the Battle of Lewes was one of the nine nominated to rule the kingdom, but he later fell at the conflict of Eversham. The direct male line became extinct with his great-grandson, Peter de Montfort who died in 1367 leaving a illegitimate son, Sir John Montfort to carry on the family. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Other early notables include: Simon IV de Montfort, Seigneur de Montfort-l'Amaury, 5th Earl of Leicester (1165-1218), a French nobleman who took part in the Fourth Crusade (1202-1204) and died at the siege of Toulouse in 1218. His youngest son, Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, 1st Earl of Chester (c.
1208-1265), led the barons' rebellion against King Henry III of England
during the Second Barons' War of 1263-1264, and subsequently became de facto ruler of England
. He and his eldest son Sir Henry de Montfort were killed on 4 August 1265 at the Battle of Evesham.
Early History of the Montfith family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montfith research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1282, 1283, 1285, 1294, 1664 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Montfith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Montfith Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Montfort, Montford, Mountford, Mountfort and others.
Early Notables of the Montfith family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William de Montfort (also Mountfort), an English medieval Canon law jurist, Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1282-1283), Dean of St Paul's... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Montfith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Montfith family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Montfith or a variant listed above: Steven Montfort settled in Georgia in 1734; George and Thomas Mountford settled in Virginia in 1652; Richard Mountford settled in Barbados in 1685; Edward Mountfort settled in Virginia in 1635.