Early Origins of the Mountenay family
The surname Mountenay was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Dracon Mountigni of Calvados in Normandy
who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. Robert de Munteigni was recorded in Essex
in 1177. Alexander Muntini was in Essex
in the Hundredorum Rolls
Early History of the Mountenay family
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Mountenay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Mounteney, Mountenay, Montigni, Monteigni, Mountnay and many more.
Early Notables of the Mountenay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mountenay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alexandr Mountney, who settled in Virginia in 1610; Alex Mountney, who came to Virginia in 1657; Thomas Mountaigne, who came to Barbados in 1679; Alice Mountain, who arrived in Virginia in 1733.
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)