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The history of the Gorton family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living 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."

Gorton Early Origins



The surname Gorton was first found in Greater Manchester at Gorton, a chapelry, in the union of Chorlton, hundred of Salford, historically part of Lancashire. The place name literally means "dirty farmstead" from the Old English "gor" + "tun." The first record of the place name was found in 1282 when it was listed as Gorton.

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Gorton Spelling Variations


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Gorton Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Gorton include Gorton, Gorten, Gortin and others.

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Gorton Early History


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Gorton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gorton research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1592 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Gorton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gorton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gorton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gorton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gorton or a variant listed above:

Gorton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Gorton settled in Boston in 1630
  • Steven Gorton settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Steven Gorton, aged 35, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • John Gorton, who arrived in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Samuel Gorton, who landed in New England in 1636
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gorton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A. Gorton settled in Baltimore in 1820

Gorton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Gorton, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  • Margaret Gorton arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  • Thomas Gorton arrived in Sydney aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849
  • Alfred Gorton arrived in Sydney aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849

Gorton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Gorton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1853

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gorton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gorton (post 1700)



  • Thomas Slade III Gorton (b. 1928), American Republican politician, Member of Washington State House of Representatives, 1959-69; Washington State Attorney General, 1969-81; U.S. Senator from Washington, 1981-87, 1989-2001
  • Rex H. Gorton, American politician, Supervisor of Marion Township, Michigan, 1916
  • Othniel Gorton, American politician, Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Deputies, 1779-80, 1786-87, 1788
  • Murle E. Gorton (1902-1975), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1952, 1956; Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 4th District, 1952, 1954
  • Job Gorton, American politician, Supervisor of Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, 1835-36
  • Henry H. Gorton, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, 1922
  • George T. Gorton, American politician, Member of Rhode Island State Senate from Pawtucket, 1911
  • Ernest H. Gorton (1884-1960), American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Ingham County 2nd District, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1954
  • David E. Gorton, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Ingham County 2nd District, 1958
  • Benjamin Gorton, American politician, Village President of Troy, New York, 1799-1800
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Gorton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gorton 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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