Short form of Montgomery or of the much rarer Montague and Montmorency. It is now also found as an independent given name. As a Jewish name, it was originally used as an approximate English equivalent of Moses.
English: habitational name from any of various places, the chief of which are in Derbyshire, Essex, Hampshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and East and South Yorkshire. The place name is from Old English beonet ‘bent grass’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.