Montgomery History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Montgomery 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.

Early Origins of the Montgomery family

The surname Montgomery was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), 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 (died 1093?), who came from the Castle of Sainte Foi de Montgomery, in Lissieux, Normandy, arrived in England with William the Conqueror. [1]

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."

Early History of the Montgomery family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montgomery research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1177, 1449, 1507, 1470, 1449, 1460, 1545, 1508, 1556, 1610, 1694, 1623, 1663, 1642, 1661, 1649, 1667, 1722, 1713, 1722, 1718, 1700, 1761, 1733, 1726, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Montgomery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Montgomery Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Montgomery family (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, a Jacobite scheme to restore King James VII...
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Montgomery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Montgomery World Ranking

In the United States, the name Montgomery is the 211st most popular surname with an estimated 121,863 people with that name. [2] However, in Canada, the name Montgomery is ranked the 542nd most popular surname with an estimated 9,004 people with that name. [3] And in Australia, the name Montgomery is the 505th popular surname with an estimated 7,498 people with that name. [4] New Zealand ranks Montgomery as 518th with 1,332 people. [5] The United Kingdom ranks Montgomery as 582nd with 11,244 people. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Montgomery family to Ireland

Some of the Montgomery family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 175 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Montgomery migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Montgomery Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peter Montgomery, who arrived in Maryland in 1666-1750 [7]
  • Adam Montgomery, who arrived in Boston in 1694
Montgomery Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Montgomery, who landed in New Jersey in 1702 [7]
  • Ester Montgomery, who settled in Virginia in 1724
  • Peter Montgomery and his children Francis and John, who settled in Maryland in 1727
  • Patrick Montgomery, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [7]
  • Eleanor Montgomery, who settled in Annapolis, Maryland in 1756
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Montgomery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Rebecca Montgomery, aged 10, who landed in Delaware in 1803 [7]
  • May Montgomery, aged 41, who arrived in Delaware in 1803 [7]
  • Margaret Montgomery, aged 20, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1805 [7]
  • Jane Montgomery, aged 28, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1805 [7]
  • Eliza Montgomery, aged 18, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1805 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Montgomery migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Montgomery Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. George Montgomery U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 356 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [8]
  • Mr. John Montgomery U.E. born in New York, USA who settled in Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1784 son of Alex Montgomery [8]
  • Mr. Joseph Montgomery U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was an Auctioneer at Saint John in 1785 [8]
  • Mrs. Sarah Montgomery U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [8]
  • Major. Alexander Montgomery U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Montgomery Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Henry Montgomery, who landed in Canada in 1816
  • John Montgomery, aged 26, a weaver, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
  • James Montgomery, aged 24, a weaver, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
  • Miss. Main Montgomery, aged 3 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Pursuit" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [9]
  • Ms. Mary Montgomery, aged 30 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Odessa" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on 16th August 1847 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Montgomery migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Montgomery Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Ephraim Montgomery, (John), English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Sampson Montgomery, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [11]
  • Robert Montgomery, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [11]
  • Eliza Dunn Montgomery, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [11]
  • Robert Montgomery, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Montgomery migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Montgomery Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Montgomery a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
  • William Montgomery, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • James Montgomery, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1863
  • Jane Montgomery, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siam" in 1865
  • Hugh Montgomery, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Montgomery migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [13]
Montgomery Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Edmond Montgomery, aged 26, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [7]
  • Mr. Edmond Montgomery, (b. 1609), aged 26, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Alexander" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [14]
  • Mr. James Montgomery, (b. 1616), aged 19, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Alexander" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [14]
Montgomery Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Charles Montgomery, who arrived in Jamaica in 1758

Contemporary Notables of the name Montgomery (post 1700) +

  • Lucy Maud Montgomery OBE (1847-1942), Canadian novelist from Clifton (New London), Prince Edward Island, best known for her "Anne of Green Gables" novel series
  • Olen Montgomery (b. 1914), American teenage hobo, one of the Scottsboro Boys, accused of rape aboard a train, convicted and finally receiving a full posthumous pardon on November 21, 2013
  • Peter Lawrence Montgomery (1947-2020), American mathematician in the field of cryptography, researcher in the cryptography group at Microsoft Research, a Putnam Fellow in 1967
  • Hugh Montgomery (1923-2017), American diplomat and intelligence officer
  • Jeffrey Montgomery (1953-2016), American LGBT activist and public relations executive
  • Karen Rose Montgomery (1949-2015), American actress and producer known for Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), Going in Style (1979) and Coast to Coast (1980)
  • John Berrien Montgomery (1794-1872), American officer in the United States Navy who served during the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War
  • James Paul Montgomery (b. 1955), American ten-time gold medalist competitive swimmer, four-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder, inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1986
  • Jeffrey Thomas "Jeff" Montgomery (b. 1962), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher from Wellston, Ohio
  • Robert Edward "Bob" Montgomery (b. 1944), American former Major League Baseball catcher who played ten seasons
  • ... (Another 183 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Clive Alexandra Craig Montgomery (1908-1941), English Lieutenant Commander from Poundsgate, Devon, England, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [15]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Robert E. Montgomery, American Seaman Second Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [16]


The Montgomery 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.


Suggested Readings for the name Montgomery +

  • John and Esther Houston Montgomery, 1719-1973 by Beulah Henry Anderson.
  • Saying Goodbye: A Memoir for Two Fathers by M.R. Montgomery.

  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  4. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  5. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  6. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  9. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 47)
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  12. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES (originally Charles Forbes) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839SirCharlesForbes.htm
  13. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  14. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 28th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  15. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  16. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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