Montignaut History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Montignaut has a long French heritage that first began in the northern region of Normandy. The surname is derived from when the family lived in Mounteney, Montigny, or Montigni, near Falaise in Normandy. "Roger de Montigny gave lands to St.Vigor’s, Cerisy, temp. William I. and in Henry I.’s reign William de Montigny married a daughter and co-heir of Jordan Briset, a great Baron of Essex." [1]

Early Origins of the Montignaut family

The surname Montignaut was first found in Normandy, but it seems the lion's share of the family moved to England with the Conquest.

"Sir Arnold Mounteney witnesses John Fitz Matthew Brito's grant to Worksop Abbey. We find the family from an early date in Yorkshire. 'Bartholomew de Sancta Maria, grandson of Pagan' (a contemporary of the Conqueror’s) 'left three sisters as his coheirs. Sibil, the second, married Jordan de Renevile, one of the subinfeudatories of the Baron of Hallamshire, and holding under him Cowley, and the part of the parish of Ecclesfield abutting upon Kimberworth. She had two daughters and coheirs, Margaret, who married Thomas Mounteney, by which marriage the Mounteneys acquired Cowley; and Alice who married Thomas de Beila Acqua.' - Hunter's South Yorkshire."

"Alice (sometimes called Aliena) de Bellew, was childless, and Margaret became sole heir. The name of her husband is wrongly given. He was Sir Robert, the son of Arnold de Monteney, w ho had married a daughter of Gerard de Furnival and the Louvetot heiress, and held the estate of Shiercliffe of the castle and manor of Sheffield. The Monteneys obtained the Kings license to make a park round their house at Shiercliffe, and enjoyed certain manorial privileges. At their other manor of Cowley they had 'great woods and abundance of redd deare, and a stately castle-like house moated about, pulled down not long since by the Earl of Salop after he had purchased the land.'—Dodsworth."

"The family were of higher antiquity and no less importance, in the Eastern Counties, where they had originally settled. Robert de Mounteney, of Norfolk, held three fees in 1161 from Richard de Lucy, whose daughter Dionysia he had married; and one fee of old feoffment as Lord of Beeston. " [2]

Early History of the Montignaut family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montignaut research. Another 517 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1236, 1278, 1291, 1360, 1363, 1391, 1404, 1420, 1636, 1670, 1671, 1810, and 1813 are included under the topic Early Montignaut History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Montignaut Spelling Variations

There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Montigny, Montignie, Montignies, Montagny, Mountigny, Mountignie, Mountignies, Montignye, de Montigny, la Montigny and many more.

Early Notables of the Montignaut family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Montignaut family

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Montignaut has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Montignaut were Claude Montigny, who arrived in Quebec in 1668.



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ 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


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