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Where did the English Montfort family come from? What is the English Montfort family crest and coat of arms? When did the Montfort family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Montfort family history?The name Montfort arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Montfort family lived in Warwickshire. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, one of two places Montfort-sur-Lisle near Argentan in the Normandy district, or Montfort near Pont-Audemer, also in Normandy.
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Montfort, Montford, Mountford, Mountfort and others.
First found in Warwickshire where where the family claim descent from 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montfort research. Another 195 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 100 are included under the topic Early Montfort History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Montfort Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Montfort name or one of its variants:
Montfort Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Montfort Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Montfort Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Montfort Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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