Morten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
In ancient Scotland, the first people to use Morten as a surname were the Strathclyde-Britons. It was a name someone who lived in Cheshire, but by the 12th century most of the fmaily had moved to Dumfries in Scotland. Morton, or Moreton, come from the Old English word, mor, which means marsh, fen or moor, and tune, which means village or settlement.
Early Origins of the Morten family
The surname Morten 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 Morten family
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Morten Spelling Variations
The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations in a single document. Morten has been spelled Morton, Moreton, Moorton, Myrton and others.
Early Notables of the Morten 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...
Migration of the Morten family to Ireland
Some of the Morten family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them:
Morten Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Morten Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Morten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century