Montgomery Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Montgomery Family History


Montgomery Family History


The ancient origin of the name Montgomery was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.

Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.

Variants of the name Montgomery include Montgomry and Montgomerie. Roger Montgomerie, Regent of Normandy, was a Norman Nobleman, who took part in planning the invasion of England in 1066, and was created Earl of Arundel. The first of the family to appear in Scotland was a Robert de Montgomerie, who was granted lands by Walter, High Steward of Scotland, in the twelfth century. Sir Alexander Montgomerie was created first Lord Montgomerie in 1449.

In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. During the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Ireland was colonized by the English Crown with this period marking the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. This period brought an influx of settlers into the country but, unlike the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century that resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.

A modern Gaelic form of the name is MacIomaire which is also anglicized as Ridge. Other Irish variants of Montgomery include Goonery, Mongney and McGivern.The Montgomery family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Montgomery descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Montgomery Coat of Arms


Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Finger Ring/Annulet Symbol of Fidelity
Fleur de Lis Representing Purity and Light. Is also the floral symbol of France

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