The name Montforde was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Montforde 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 Montforde family
The surname Montforde 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 Montforde family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montforde 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 Montforde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Montforde Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Montfort, Montford, Mountford, Mountfort and others.
Early Notables of the Montforde 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 Montforde Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Montforde family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Montforde 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.