Moreton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Moreton is a habitation name; derived from one of several places so named in England and Scotland. The place name was made up of the Old English elements "morr," meaning "marsh, or moor," and "tun," meaning en enclosure or settlement.

Early Origins of the Moreton family

The surname Moreton was first found in Wiltshire, where a Robert de Mortone was recorded in the Pipe Rolls for that county in 1130. As this name was formed from several different place names, entirely different lines of the Moreton surname arose throughout Britain. Other early records of the name include: William de Morton, on record in 1218 in the Feet of Fines for Oxford; and Thomas Morton, on record in the Feet of Fines for Surrey in 1432-33. [1]

Another source states: "Cardinal Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor, temp. Henry Vii., was probably a descendant of the Norman knight. From the Cardinal's brother, Richard, descended the Mortons of Milbourne St. Andrew, co. Dorset, raised to the degree of baronets in 1619. " [2]

Over in Lache-Dennis, Cheshire another early record of the family was found. "Ancient records mention a manor of Lach-Dennis or Lach-Park, near Rudheath, which, in the reign of Edward II., belonged to the Moreton family." [3]

Early History of the Moreton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moreton research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1500, 1486, 1487, 1493, 1420, 1500, 1486, 1500, 1662, 1626, 1627, 1699, 1661, 1564, 1659, 1637, 1698, 1616, 1685, 1645, 1685, 1641, 1715, 1705, 1716, 1721 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Moreton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Moreton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Morton, Moreton, Moretone, Morten, Mortyn and others.

Early Notables of the Moreton family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Morton (c.1420-1500), English prelate, statesman, and Archbishop of Canterbury (1486-1500); and Sir George Morton, 1st Baronet (died 1662), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1626, supporter of the Royalist cause during the English Civil War; and his son, Sir John Morton, 2nd Baronet (ca. 1627-1699), an English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament for Poole in 1661; Thomas Morton (1564-1659), an English churchman, bishop of several dioceses and favored by King James...
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Ireland Migration of the Moreton family to Ireland

Some of the Moreton 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.


United States Moreton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moreton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Moreton, who settled in New England in 1663
  • John Moreton, who landed in New England in 1663 [4]
  • Edward Moreton, who settled in Barbados in 1685
  • Mathew Moreton, who settled in Virginia in 1698
Moreton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Moreton, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [4]
  • Francis James Moreton, aged 18, who landed in America in 1885 [4]
  • Reynolds Moreton, who arrived in Iowa in 1885 [4]
  • Henry I Moreton, who arrived in Iowa in 1886 [4]

Australia Moreton migration to Australia +

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

Moreton Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Miss Ann Moreton, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years , transported aboard the "Britannia III" on 18th July 1798, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
Moreton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Moreton, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • William Moreton, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • John Moreton, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Henry Moreton, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [8]
  • John Moreton, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"

Contemporary Notables of the name Moreton (post 1700) +

  • Raymond Claude "Ray" Moreton (1942-2016), New Zealand rugby union player who played from 1961 to 1965, member of the New Zealand National Team (1962-1965)
  • Jacques Henri Sébastien César Moreton, Chabrillant French Field Marshal during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [9]
  • Jacques Aimard de Moreton de Chabrillant, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [9]
  • Moreton Frewen (1853-1924), English writer on monetary reform, Member of Parliament for North East Cork


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Britannia
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  9. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, May 6) Jacques Moreton. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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