Mount Coat of Arms
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Choose the design you like best, just your ancestors did when they painted these symbols on the shields they carried into battle and displayed in their homes. These coats of arms are real, historical works of art/culture dating back as far as 1100AD. Most of these designs were compiled and documented by genealogists and heraldists in large books published in the nineteenth century. These arms were owned by individuals who bore your surname, and were passed down through the generations from father to son, earning the monicker "family crest".
Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Mount Name
England, Scotland, France
Origins of Mount:
The surname of Mount has many possible origins, the first of which that it is a topographical surname. A topographical surname is used to describe someone who lived on or near a residential landmark. This landmark could be either man made or natural, and would have been easily identifiable in the area from which it hailed, thus making the people who lived near it easily distinguished. In the case of the surname of Mount, this name was given to someone who lived on or near a hill, or mountain. The second possible origin of the surname of Mount is that it was a locational surname. This means that it was often taken by the Lord or owner of the land from which the name derives. Others who may have take a locational surname are people who have migrated out of the area to seek out work. The easiest way to identify someone who was a stranger at that time was by the name of their birthplace. In the case of the surname of Mount, this surname was given to someone who lived within or worked within any of the placed throughout England, Scotland, or France that were named as “Mont,” or as “Mount.”
More common variations are: Mounty, Mounet, Mounot, Mounti, Mont, Mounte, Mountua, Montouo, Moount, Mouant, Mountt, Munt, Mont, Montou,
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Mount can be traced to the country of England. One person by the name of one Richard del Mount was mentioned in the document known as the Subsidy Rolls of the county of Yorkshire in the year of 1301. This document was ordered, decreed, and written under the reign of one King Edward I of England, who was commonly known throughout the ages, and was often referred to as one “Edward Longshanks,” or one “The Hammer of the Scots.” King Edward I of England was named as such for the trials, conquests, and horrors that he enacted upon the people of the country of Scotland throughout his reign. King Edward I of England ruled from the year of 1272 to the year of 1307. Other mentions of the surname of Mount within the country of England include one Richard le Monter, who was mentioned in the document known as the Subsidy Rolls of the county of Somerset in the year of 1327, and one Alan ate Mount, who was mentioned in the document known as the Close Rolls of London in the year of 1334.
In the country of Scotland, the first recorded spelling of the surname of Mount includes one Stephen Mount to one Ellsibethe Jewry in the year of 1586. The two were wed in the city of Glasgow.
United States of America:
Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, European citizens began to migrate to the United States of America in search of a better life for them and their families. This large movement of people was knonw as the European Migration. Among those who migrated to the United States was one Tho Mount, who arrived in Virginia in 1652.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Mount: United States 10,884; England 1,947; Canada 696; Australia 602; Kenya 471; Germany 303; Poland 191; South Africa 164; New Zealand 151; Scotland 118
Willie Landry Mount, who served as the Candidate for the U.S. Representative from the state of Louisiana in the 7th District in the year of 2004, and who was a Democratic politician from America.
W. J. Mount, who served as the Candidate for the Presidential Elector for the state of Virginia in the year of 1924.
William V. Mount, who served as the Candidate for the position of Mayor in the town of Reading, Ohio, in the year of 1967.
Victor C. Mount, who served as the Mayor of Seneca Falls, New York from the year of 1941 to the year of 1942, and who served as the Candidate for the New York State Assembly from Seneca County in the year of 1954, and who was a Democratic politician from America.
Robert Mount, who served as the Anderson Coalition Candidate for the Presidential Elector for the state of Michigan in the year of 1980, and who was a politician from America.
S. W. Mount, who served as the Candidate for the Wisconsin State Assembly from Milwaukee County in the 5th District in the year of 1902, and who was a Republican politician from America.
Mount Coat of Arms Meaning
The three main devices (symbols) in the Mount blazon are the lion, mount and fox. The three main tinctures (colors) are vert, argent and gules .
The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” 1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found 2A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert. More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald 3Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”6The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 7Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.8A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.
The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 9A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 10Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 11Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 12A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 13The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.
The mount (also known as a hillock 14Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 324) is the area at the base of the shield and when so described is almost always green, and somewhere that another charge is placed, to appear more realistic, or give it a specific relationship to other charges around it. 15A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Mount Indeed, unlike like most of the flat, geometric shapes used to divide the field of the shield, the mount may be drawn with tufts of grass and a distinct slope!
The fox occurs frequently in arms, possibly a reference to the enjoyment of the hunt. It certainly holds no negative connotations but should be seen as a creature of great “wit and facility of device” (“as cunning as a fox”). 16The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P62 It can appear at first glance quite similar to the wolf but should be smaller, with a bushier tail, kept low to the ground. 17A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Fox