Early Origins of the Moutraye family
The surname Moutraye was first found in Berwickshire
where they held a family seat
on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest
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
. The name was first recorded in Moutreve where Adam swore fealty to Edward, the King of England
, in 1292.
Early History of the Moutraye family
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Moutraye Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Moultrie, Mutrie, Moutray, Moutrey, Mutrich and many more.
Early Notables of the Moutraye family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Moutraye family to Ireland
Some of the Moutraye family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Moutraye family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Walter Moultrie, who was in Georgia in 1698; John Moultrie, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1728; James Moultrie, who was on record in Florida in 1763.
The Moutraye 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.