Last name: Mummery

This most interesting and unusual surname is of Norman French locational origins, and yet holds some of the earliest claims to nobility in England. It was first introduced by close companions of William the Conqueror at the invasion of 1066, and they were rewarded for their efforts with large estates, particularly in the North of England. The original spelling should have been 'Montbrai' from the village in La Manche, Normandy, but no such form has been found. The name translates as literally as 'the muddy place on the hill', a humble beginning for an aristocratic surname. Now variously recorded world-wide as Mowbray, Mowbury, Moubray, Mumbray, Membry, Momery, Mummery, Me(m)mory, Mulb(e)ry, and Mulberry, the move away from the original 'Montbrai' is truly remarkable. Early examples of the recordings include Roger de Mulbrai in the 1130 Rolls of Whitby, Yorkshire, where the family held great estates, Paganus de Moubrai (1150, Oxfordshire), and Roger de Munbrai of Lincolnshire in 1185, both being 'Crusaders' and as such members of the Knights Templar. Joseph Memory is recorded in London in 1584, whilst the Friary Rolls of Leicestershire include the recordings of John Mowbray in 1714, John Mumory in 1725, and John Membry in 1748. Amongst the many famous name holders was Thomas de Mowbray (1366 - 1399), Earl Marshall of England, and the first Duke of Norfolk. The original coat of arms, granted in 1297, one of the most ancient ever recorded and predating the College of Arms by two centuries, has the highly distinctive and unmistakeable blazon of a red field, charged with a silver lion rampant. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Rodbeard a Mundbraeg, which was dated 1087, in the 'Anglo-Saxon Chronicles', during the reign of King William 1, known as 'The Conqueror', 1066 - 1087. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Lynne Reid (was Mummery)

That's interesting, my dad and his eight brothers and sisters were from Lowestoft. I believe their parents were fish buyers.

Lynne Reid (was Mummery)

My maiden name was Mummery, and we know that our dad and his brothers and sisters (eight in all I believe) were from Lowestoft. I believe their parents were fish buyers, any information would be gratefully received.

Robert Mummery
When did migration from north country to the south begin?
My family have roots in Lowerstoft for many generations.

Lynne Reid (was Mummery)

Hi there, my family also descended from Lowestoft, my dad had eight brothers and sisters I believe. I also think that their parents were fish buyers.

Sarah Chambers
This is very interesting, my maiden name was Mummery. My father's family were all from Kent, he was born in wye and my Great Grandfather owned and ran the why post office for over 30 years. I was aware that the name Mummery was from France. Thanks for this information.

Janet

My grandfather's family was from Kent. My greatfather waa a sign painter. The work mummery is in the dictionary - alluding to masquerading as in the Mummers of Philadelphia who dresss and perform somewhat comedically.