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Mountjoy Surname Origin

A name adopted probably by one of the crusaders, from a place near Jerusalem, which, according to Sir John Mandeville, 'men clepen Mount-Joye, for it gevethe joye to pilgrymes hertes, be cause that there men seen first Jerusalem * * * a full fair place, and a delicyous.' Lower says, 'Some religious houses in England had their Mountjoys, a name given to eminences where the first view of the sacred edifice was to be obtained. This name is still retained in a division of the hundred of Battel, not far from the remains of the majestic pile reared by William the Conqueror. Boyer defines 'Mont-joie' as a heap of stones made by a French army, as a monument of victory.'

Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.




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