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The Montgemeray family name comes originally from a place name in Normandy, such as Saint Foi de Montgomery. The name made its way to Scotland with the Normans, where it became Mac Gumaraid, in Gaelic.

Montgemeray Early Origins



The surname Montgemeray was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they were granted lands by Malcolm Canmore, King of Scotland. The manor of Eaglesham became the Clan seat of the family for many centuries. Looking further back, we found Roger de Montgomery (fl 1027), who came from the Castle of Sainte Foi de Montgomery, in Lissieux, Normandy, arrived in England with William the Conqueror. Soon after the Battle of Hastings, Roger was granted lands on the Welsh Border in the County which later took his name, Montgomeryshire. However, Roger's grandson, Robert de Montgomery went to Scotland with Walter FizAlan, also of the Welsh border country, who became high Steward of Scotland and some claim the progenitor of the great Stewart Clan.

Although Normandy has so far been established as the origin of this family, a family legend related in a poem places their origin earlier, perhaps, even to Roman times: "A noble Roman was the Root, from which Montgomeries came, Who brought his legions from the war, and settled the same. Upon a hill twixt Rome and Spain. Gomericus by name; From which he and his offspring do their sire name still retain."


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Montgemeray Spelling Variations


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Montgemeray Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Montgomery, Mongomery, Montgomerie, Mungummery and many more.

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Montgemeray Early History


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Montgemeray Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montgemeray research. Another 597 words (43 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1177, 1449, 1507, 1470, 1449, 1460, 1545, 1508, 1556, 1610, 1694, 1623, 1663, 1642, 1661 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Montgemeray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Montgemeray Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Montgemeray Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family at this time was Alexander Montgomerie (c.1556-1610), Scottish Poet Laureate in the service of King James VI of Scotland best remembered for his allegorical poem 'The Cherrie and the Slae'; Sir James Montgomery, 4th Baronet (died 1694), the tenth laird of Skelmorlie, leader of the Montgomery Plot...

Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Montgemeray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Montgemeray In Ireland


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Montgemeray In Ireland



Some of the Montgemeray family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 337 words (24 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Adam Montgomery, who arrived in Boston in 1694; William Montgomerie, who came to New Jersey in 1701; Ester Montgomery, who settled in Virginia in 1724.

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Motto


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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: Gardez bien
Motto Translation: Look well.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    4. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    7. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    10. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    11. ...

    The Montgemeray Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Montgemeray Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 15 July 2015 at 08:49.

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