Gorten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Gorten is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Gorten family once lived in the region of Gorton, a district in Manchester in Lancashire.  The name is a habitational name that was derived from the Old English word gor meaning "dirt" and tun meaning "enclosure." 
Early Origins of the Gorten family
The surname Gorten was first found in Greater Manchester at Gorton, a chapelry, in the union of Chorlton, hundred of Salford, historically part of Lancashire.  The first record of the family was found in the Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire in 1332 where Thomas de Gorton held lands at that time. 
Further to the north in Scotland, the family could have originated in the old barony of Gorton in Midlothian where Edward de Couertone (for Gouertone) was a king's tenant in Edinburghshire. He rendered homage to King Edward I in 1296. Later, Mergaret de Gouiertoun held the lands of Gouiertoun in Loudonia in the reign of David II. 
Early History of the Gorten family
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Gorten Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Gorten family name include Gorton, Gorten, Gortin and others.
Early Notables of the Gorten family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Thomas Gorton of Gorton; Samuel Gorton (1592-1677), English sectary and founder of the American sect of Gortonites which survived until the end of the 18th century. He was " 'born and bred' at Gorton, Lancashire, as also were the 'fathers of his body for many generations.' He came of a good family, and says that his wife 'had bin as tenderly brought up as was any man's wife then in that towne'. He probably knew the Bible by...
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Migration of the Gorten family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Gorten surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Gorton who settled in Virginia in 1679; Samuel Gorton settled in Boston in 1630; Steven Gorton settled in Virginia in 1635; A. Gorton settled in Baltimore in 1820..
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