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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, Scottish, Swedish

Where did the Scottish Morton family come from? What is the Scottish Morton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Morton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Morton family history?

The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Morton. The Morton family lived in Cheshire, but by the 12th century most of the fmaily had moved to Dumfries in Scotland. Morton, or Moreton, come from the Old English word, mor, which means marsh, fen or moor, and tune, which means village or settlement.

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The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Morton has appeared as Morton, Moreton, Moorton, Myrton and others.

First found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morton research. Another 352 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1170, 1581, 1590, and 1647 are included under the topic Early Morton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 115 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Morton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 90 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Morton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Ralph Morton, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1607
  • George Morton settled in Plymouth in 1621 with four children
  • George Morton (ca.1585-1624) from Bawtry, South Yorkshire who sailed aboard the Anne in 1623 destined for Plymouth Massachusetts with his family
  • Julian Carpenter Morton, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
  • Thomas Morton, who arrived in New England in 1625


Morton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Lawrance Morton, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1708
  • Mathias Morton, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1712
  • Robert Morton, who arrived in America in 1730
  • James Morton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Paul Morton, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755


Morton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Francis Morton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Dever Morton, who landed in Norfolk, Va in 1820
  • Eliza Morton, aged 24, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873
  • Alexander Morton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Andrew Morton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838


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  • Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902), American Secretary of Agriculture under Grover Cleveland (1893-97), who originated Arbor Day in Nebraska
  • Rosalie Slaughter Morton (1876-1955), American surgeon, who was the first woman faculty member of both the New York Polyclinic Medical School and Hospital, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton (1890-1941), born Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, American jazz composer
  • Joy Morton (1855-1934), American founder of the Morton Salt Company and The Morton Arboretum
  • Conrad Vernon Morton (1905-1972), American botanist
  • Charles "Charlie" Alfred Morton (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Charles Hazen "Charlie" Morton (1854-1921), American Major League Baseball outfielder, manager, and League executive
  • William Thomas Green Morton (1819-1868), American dentist who first publicly demonstrated the use of ether as a surgical anesthetic in 1846
  • Larry Craig Morton (b. 1943), American former professional NFL football quarterback, into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Alan Lauder Morton (1893-1971), Scottish soccer player

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The Morton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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