Mordan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Mordan family
The surname Mordan was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia. "Turvey in Bedfordshire was the principal seat of this noble Norman family, descended from Osbert le Mordaunt, who came over from Normandy with William the Conqueror, and received a grant of the lordship of Radwell in that county."  Another reference is more specific: "their patriarch was Sir Osbert le Mordaunt, who possessed Radwell, co. Bedfordshire, by gift of his brother, who had received it from the Conqueror, for services rendered by himself and his father."  The parish of Mordon (Morden) in Durham was home to another branch of the family. "This place gave name to a resident family, of whom mention occurs in the 14th century. The name was perhaps originally Moredun, or "the moorish hill," from the elevation of the place above a marsh. " 
Early History of the Mordan family
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Mordan Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Mordaunt, Mordan, Morden, Mordon, Mordant and others.
Early Notables of the Mordan family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Mordaunt (died c.1505), an English politician of the Tudor period, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Speaker of the House of Commons; Henry Mordaunt, 4th Baron Mordaunt; John Mordaunt, 1st Earl of Peterborough (died 1642), an English peer; John Mordaunt, 1st Viscount Mordaunt (1626-1675), who was an English Royalist, the second son of John Mordaunt, 1st Earl of Peterborough (died 1642.) In June 1648, he joined his brother, Henry Mordaunt (1621-1697) in leading a Royalist uprising, and fled with him to the Continent...
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Migration of the Mordan family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Mordant settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; Elizabeth Morden and her husband settled in Carolina in 1724; James Morden settled in Virginia in 1698.
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The Mordan Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nec placido contenta quiete est
Motto Translation: Nor is content with quiet repose.
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.