The ancestors of the Mounford family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Warwickshire
. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, one of two places Montfort-sur-Lisle near Argentan in the Normandy
district, or Montfort near Pont-Audemer, also in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Mounford family
The surname Mounford was first found in Warwickshire
where the family claims descent from "Hugh de Montfort, son of Thurstan de Basternbergh, a Norman accompanied the Conqueror in 1066, and obtained for his services more than one hundred
lordships in Kent
and Norfolk." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Nicknamed "Hugh with a Beard," he was son of Thurstan de Bastenburgh. His descendant Peter de Montford was one of the most zealous amongst the turbulent barons of the era and after the Battle of Lewes was one of the nine nominated to rule the kingdom, but he later fell at the conflict of Eversham. The direct male line became extinct with his great-grandson, Peter de Montfort who died in 1367 leaving a illegitimate son, Sir John Montfort to carry on the family. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Other early notables include: Simon IV de Montfort, Seigneur de Montfort-l'Amaury, 5th Earl of Leicester (1165-1218), a French nobleman who took part in the Fourth Crusade (1202-1204) and died at the siege of Toulouse in 1218. His youngest son, Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, 1st Earl of Chester (c.
1208-1265), led the barons' rebellion against King Henry III of England
during the Second Barons' War of 1263-1264, and subsequently became de facto ruler of England
. He and his eldest son Sir Henry de Montfort were killed on 4 August 1265 at the Battle of Evesham.
Early History of the Mounford family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mounford research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1282, 1283, 1285, 1294, 1664 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Mounford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mounford Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Mounford were recorded, including Montfort, Montford, Mountford, Mountfort and others.
Early Notables of the Mounford family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William de Montfort (also Mountfort), an English medieval Canon law jurist, Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1282-1283), Dean of St Paul's... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mounford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mounford family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Mounford arrived in North America very early:
Mounford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Margaret Mounford, who landed in Virginia in 1653 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)