Mortell Surname History

The ancestors of the Mortell family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Mortell came from the popular medieval given name Martin. It derives from the Latin Martinus, which comes from Mars, the Roman God of War.

Early Origins of the Mortell family

The surname Mortell was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from at Abbess Roding. One of the most famous early references of the surname was William Martel (1130-1153), English steward of the royal households of King Henry I and King Stephen of England, castellan of Sherborne Castle until 1143. Some of the family were found at Whaddon in Buckinghamshire in early times. " A small priory of Benedictine monks, in honour of St. Leonard, was founded in this parish, at Snelleshall, prior to the time of Henry III., by Ralph Martel, and at the Dissolution had a revenue of £24." [1]

Important Dates for the Mortell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mortell research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1204, 1130, 1153 and 1143 are included under the topic Early Mortell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mortell Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Martel, Mortel, Martell, Mortell and others.

Early Notables of the Mortell family (pre 1700)

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mortell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Mortell family to Ireland

Some of the Mortell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mortell migration to the United States

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Mortell or a variant listed above:

Mortell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christoph Mortell, who landed in Virginia in 1718 [2]
  • Phillip Mortell, who arrived in Virginia in 1718 [2]
Mortell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carl Mortell, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [2]

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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