Lorton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Lorton date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the village of Lawton which was in both Cheshire and Herefordshire. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English words hlaw tun, which means that the original bearers of the surname lived in the farm that was located on the hill.

Early Origins of the Lorton family

The surname Lorton was first found in Cheshire where the parish named Laughton dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Lestone [1]. Church Lawton is a small village and civil parish in Cheshire East and was recorded in the Domesday Book as Lautune. There are at least three other listings of places now named Laughton in the Domesday Book: Lachestone in Leicester, Lastone in Yorkshire and finally Loctone in Lincolnshire. The latter is believed to have been derived from the Old English words "loc" + "tun" and meant "enclosure that can be locked" [2]

The parish of Lowton in Lancashire "gave name to a family who subsequently adopted the surname of Kenyon from their possessions in a neighbouring township." [3]

Lorton is a parish, in the union of Cockermouth, Allerdale ward above Derwent in Cumberland. It comprises two small villages Low Lorton and High Lorton and dates back to c. 1150 when it was known as Loretona. It probably meant "farmstead on a stream called Hlora" from the Viking river name meaning "roaring one" + and the Old English word "tun." [2]

Early History of the Lorton family

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Lorton Spelling Variations

Lorton has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Lorton have been found, including Lawton, Laughton, Loughmane and others.

Early Notables of the Lorton family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Lorton family to Ireland

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United States Lorton migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Lortons to arrive on North American shores:

Lorton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Lorton, who landed in Virginia in 1701-1702 [4]
Lorton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Connie Lorton, aged 18, originally from London, arrived in New York in 1903 aboard the ship "Campania" from Liverpool, England [5]
  • Richard Lorton, aged 45, originally from Cork, arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Lucania" from Queenstown, Ireland [6]
  • Richard Lorton, originally from Kirkdale, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Saxonia" from Liverpool, England [7]
  • Heth Lorton, aged 64, destined for Garden City, N.Y., arrived in New York, N.Y. in 1920 aboard the ship "Fort Hamilton" from Hamilton, Bermuda [8]
  • Eugene Lorton, aged 51, destined for Tulsa, Okla, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Paris" from Le Havre, France [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Lorton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lorton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Lorton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lorton (post 1700) +

  • Eugene Lorton (1869-1949), American editor and publisher of the Tulsa World newspaper
  • Otis Lorton, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1926-27 (acting, 1926-27) [11]
  • George Lorton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1940; Chair of Alamosa County Democratic Party, 1950 [11]
  • Eugene Lorton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1916 [11]
  • Justine Joanna Lorton -Radburn (b. 1974), English footballer


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFPN-WPX : 6 December 2014), Connie Lorton, 01 Mar 1903; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Campania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFZ5-XMS : 6 December 2014), Richard Lorton, 30 Jun 1906; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Lucania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67Q-XWY : 6 December 2014), Richard Lorton, 17 Apr 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Saxonia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ZV-CY7 : 6 December 2014), Heth Lorton, 05 Jun 1920; citing departure port Hamilton, Bermuda, arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name Fort Hamilton, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6L1-S2F : 6 December 2014), Eugene Lorton, 13 Aug 1921; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Paris, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FLORENTIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Florentia.htm
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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