The French name Montravel was first used in the province of Auvergne. It was a name for someone who lived in the south central part of the country. It has been divided into the administrative districts Cantal and Puy-de-Dôme.
Early Origins of the Montravel family
The surname Montravel was first found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France.
Early History of the Montravel family
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Montravel Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local
dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Montravel is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Montravel, Montravelle, Montravelles, Monravel, Monravelle, Monravelles, De Tardy, De Tardi, De Tardit, De Tardy, De Tardis, Montrevel, Montrevelle, Montrevelles, Monrevel, Montrevelle and many more.
Early Notables of the Montravel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Montravel family to the New World and Oceana
France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Montravel were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Montravel were Ralph Montrevers settled in Barbados in 1679.
The Montravel 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: Aut cum eo, Aut in eo
Motto Translation: Or with him, or in which they