The roots of the name Mortaine are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Mortaine was originally found in Cheshire
, but by the 12th century most of the fmaily had moved to Dumfries in Scotland
come from the Old English word, mor,
which means marsh, fen or moor,
which means village
Early Origins of the Mortaine family
The surname Mortaine was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Mortaine family
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Mortaine Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations
. Mortaine has been spelled Morton, Moreton, Moorton, Myrton and others.
Early Notables of the Mortaine family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was James Douglas, 4th earl of Morton (d. 1581), Scottish nobleman, who ruled as a regent for James IV; a A line of Moretons, who were Earls of Ducie, as well as John Morton of York, who was the Archbisop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor of England
during the reign of... Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mortaine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mortaine family to Ireland
Some of the Mortaine family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 56 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mortaine family to the New World and Oceana
Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence
. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them: Edward Moreton settled in Barbados in 1685; John Moreton settled in New England
in 1663; Mathew Moreton settled in Virginia in 1698; George Morton settled in Plymouth Mass in 1623.
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