Southern Italian: 1. habitational name for someone from a place called Monte, from an adjectival form of the place name. 2. from the plural of Montese, a habitational name from Montese in Modena province. 3. from a patronymic form of the medieval personal name Montese (from monte ‘mountain’). 4. from a short form of the 13th-century Florentine name Chiermontese, a habitational name for someone name from the French city of Clermont, from an adjectival form of the place name. Late Latin montenis ‘of or belonging to mountains’, or various other habitational names such as Chiaromontese, denoting someone from Chiaromonte, etc.