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The name Mountjoy was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mountjoy family lived in Devon. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Montejoie, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Mountjoy family

The surname Mountjoy was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Mountjoy family

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Mountjoy Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Mountjoy have been found, including Mountjoy, Mountejoy and others.

Early Notables of the Mountjoy family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • Mountjoy of Devon

United States Mountjoy migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Mountjoy were among those contributors:

Mountjoy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Mountjoy, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1647 [1]
  • Benjamin Mountjoy, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1659 [1]
  • John Mountjoy, who landed in Maine in 1675 [1]
  • Edward Mountjoy, who landed in Virginia in 1695 [1]
Mountjoy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Petition Mountjoy, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [1]
  • George Mountjoy, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1768

Australia Mountjoy migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mountjoy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Mountjoy, English convict from Wilts, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [2]

New Zealand Mountjoy migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mountjoy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Mountjoy, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Mountjoy (post 1700) +

  • William Henry Mountjoy (1858-1894), nicknamed "Medicine Bill", American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • T. M. Mountjoy, American politician, Secretary of State of Montana, 1928 [3]
  • John W. Mountjoy, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1940 [3]
  • Doug Mountjoy (1942-2021), Welsh snooker player who had two tournament wins
  • Richard "Dick" L Mountjoy (1932-2015), American Republican politician from Monrovia, California, Member of the California State Senate (1995-2000) [4]
  • Eric Walter Mountjoy PhD FRSC, Canadian emeritus professor at McGill University
  • Donald Alfred Mountjoy (1906-1988), Australian politician

  1. 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)
  2. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) . Retrieved from on Facebook