Show ContentsMorten 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Morten family to Ireland

Some of the Morten family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Morten migration to the United States +

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
  • William Morten, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [1]
Morten Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tobias Morten, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
Morten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Morten, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1849 [1]
  • Patrick Morten, aged 27, who landed in New York in 1849 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Morten (post 1700) +

  • Walter Morten Grunwald (1934-2018), Danish actor, stage director and theatre manager
  • Per Morten Kristiansen (b. 1981), Norwegian football goalkeeper
  • Knud Morten Lange (1919-2003), Danish mycologist and politician
  • Carl Morten Amundsen (b. 1961), Norwegian dramaturg and theatre director
  • Morten Diderik Emil Lambrechts (1824-1900), Norwegian jurist and politician, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Norway (1887–1900)
  • Morten Halle (b. 1957), Norwegian jazz musician
  • Morten Thrane Brünnich (1737-1827), Danish naturalist

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Thomas A Morten (b. 1912), English Engine Room Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from South Bank, Middlesbrough, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [2]

  1. 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)
  2. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook