Mountjoy Family History
ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. The name Mountjoy is of Anglo-Norman origin and was introduced into England after the 1066 invasion by William the Conqueror. The name is derived from the French words 'mont' meaning 'mountain' and 'joie' meaning 'joy'. This name is found in many ancient manuscripts. Examples of such refer to a Ralph de Munjoy of County Derbyshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A Ralph de Muntjoye, also of County Derbyshire, was recorded in the 'Placita de Quo Warranto' in the reign of Edward I.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by the method of creating and updating these old reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
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.
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 Mountjoy