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Mundford Coat of Arms / Mundford Family Crest

Mundford Coat of Arms / Mundford Family Crest

The surname of MUNDFORD was a locational name 'of de Mountfort' a spot in Normandy. The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. A locational name usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The original bearer would take his name from the village, town or the area where he dwelt. This name would identify his whole family, and would follow them wherever they moved Following the Crusades in Europe a need was felt for a family name. This was recognized by those of noble blood, who realised the prestige and practical advantage that it would add to their status. Early records of the name mention Simon de Monteforde, 1273, County Nottingham. Henry Mountfort was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377), John Mountford of County Warwickshire, registered at Oxford University in the year 1586. Fredric Steward and Abigall Mondeford were married at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in the year 1621. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but the main of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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