Moutray History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Moutray family

The surname Moutray was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. Notable families such as the Percy, the Umfravilles and the Nevilles gathered many supporting clans around them. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In that century, many of those clans drove their herds south, and they settled in Yorkshire and Lancashire. The name was first recorded in Moutreve where Adam swore fealty to Edward, the King of England, in 1292.

Early History of the Moutray family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moutray research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1543, 1733, 1172, 1838 and 1000 are included under the topic Early Moutray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Moutray Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Moultrie, Mutrie, Moutray, Moutrey, Mutrich and many more.

Early Notables of the Moutray family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Moutray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Moutray family to Ireland

Some of the Moutray family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Moutray migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moutray Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jas. L. Moutray, aged 29, who arrived in Gibraltar in 1919 aboard the ship "Mazama" from Naples, Italy [1]

Canada Moutray migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moutray Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William H. Moutray, who was recorded in the census of Ontario in 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name Moutray (post 1700) +

  • Billy Moutray (b. 1975), Canadian profession hockey player
  • Ian Edmund Joseph Moutray (b. 1936), Australian rugby union player
  • John Moutray (1722-1785), British officer of the Royal Navy
  • Stephen Moutray (b. 1959), politician, member of the Northern Ireland Assembly (MLA), as of April 2005


The Moutray 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: Nunquam non fidelis
Motto Translation: Never unfaithful.




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