Show ContentsMontigny History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Montigny dates back to the days of Medieval France, in the region of Normandy. It is derived from their residence 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 Montigny family

The surname Montigny 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 Montigny family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montigny 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 Montigny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Montigny Spelling Variations

Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Montigny, including Montigny, Montignie, Montignies, Montagny, Mountigny, Mountignie, Mountignies, Montignye, de Montigny, la Montigny and many more.

Early Notables of the Montigny family (pre 1700)

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Montigny Ranking

In France, the name Montigny is the 4,531st most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [3]


United States Montigny migration to the United States +

Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Montigny has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Montigny were

Montigny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Karl Montigny, who landed in Brazil in 1824 [4]

Canada Montigny migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Montigny Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Claude Montigny, who arrived in Quebec in 1668

Contemporary Notables of the name Montigny (post 1700) +

  • Louis-Adrien Brice De Montigny, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • Jean Montigny, Lawyer, Montreal, Quebec
  • Fernand De Montigny (1885-1974), Belgian winner of a gold, three slivers, and two bronze Olympic medals for hockey at 1908, 1920, and 1924 games
  • Marcel Montigny, Lawyer at the Court of Appeals of Amiens, Paris, France


  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
  3. http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  4. 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)
  5. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, May 6) Louis-Adrien Montigny. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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