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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.

Morten Early Origins



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.

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Morten Spelling Variations


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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.

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Morten Early History


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Morten Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morten research. Another 352 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1170, 1581, 1590, and 1647 are included under the topic Early Morten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morten Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Morten Early Notables (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...

Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morten In Ireland


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Morten In Ireland



Some of the Morten family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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 persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North Ameri ca. 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

Morten Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Tobias Morten, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752

Morten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Morten, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1849
  • Patrick Morten, aged 27, landed in New York in 1849

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Morten Historic Events


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Morten Historic Events




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 on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    3. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    The Morten Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morten 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 27 October 2010 at 13:52.

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