Mortane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Mortane was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who 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.

Early Origins of the Mortane family

The surname Mortane was 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.

Important Dates for the Mortane family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mortane research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1170, 1581, 1590, and 1647 are included under the topic Early Mortane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mortane Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Mortane has been spelled Morton, Moreton, Moorton, Myrton and others.

Early Notables of the Mortane family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was James Douglas, 4th earl of Morton (d. 1581), Scottish nobleman, who ruled as a regent for James IV; a A line of Moretons, who were Earls of Ducie, as well as John Morton of York, who was the Archbisop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor of England during the reign of...
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mortane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Mortane family to Ireland

Some of the Mortane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Mortane family

Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them: Edward Moreton settled in Barbados in 1685; John Moreton settled in New England in 1663; Mathew Moreton settled in Virginia in 1698; George Morton settled in Plymouth Mass in 1623.

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