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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Mort family, who lived in Essex. The name, however, descends from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Mott a town in Cotes du Nord, Normandy.

Mort Early Origins



The surname Mort was first found in Essex, where the family held a family seat from very early times, having been granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Mort Spelling Variations


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Mort Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Mort were recorded, including Mott, Motte, Mote, De Mott, De Motte, Demott and others.

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Mort Early History


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Mort Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mort research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1710, 1693 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Mort History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mort Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mort Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Mort arrived in North America very early:

Mort Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Mort, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • John Mort, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Mort Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Mort, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1864
  • Joseph Mort, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Mort Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. Mort arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William" in 1853

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mort (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mort (post 1700)



  • Christopher "Chris" Mort, English lawyer and former chairman of Newcastle United Football Club
  • Ian Mort (b. 1937), former Australian rules footballer
  • David Llewellyn Mort (1888-1963), Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom
  • Thomas Sutcliffe Mort (1816-1878), Australian businessman

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The Mort Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mort 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.

    This page was last modified on 10 October 2014 at 19:22.

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