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Origins Available: English, Scottish


The surname Morten is a habitation name; derived from one of several places so named in England and Scotland. The place name was made up of the Old English elements "morr," meaning "marsh, or moor," and "tun," meaning en enclosure or settlement.

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The surname Morten was first found in Wiltshire, where a Robert de Mortone was recorded in the Pipe Rolls for that county in 1130. As this name was formed from several different place names, entirely different lines of the Morten surname arose throughout Britain. Other early records of the name include: William de Morton, on record in 1218 in the Feet of Fines for Oxford; and Thomas Morton, on record in the Feet of Fines for Surrey in 1432-33. [1] Another source states: "Cardinal Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor, temp. Henry Vii., was probably a descendant of the Norman knight. " [2]

Spelling variations of this family name include: Morton, Moreton, Moretone, Morten, Mortyn and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morten research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1500, 1486, 1487, 1493, 1420, 1500, 1486, 1500, 1662, 1626, 1627, 1699, 1661, 1564, 1659, 1637, 1698, 1616, 1685, 1645, 1685, 1641, 1715, 1705, 1716, 1721 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Morten History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 335 words (24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Morten family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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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  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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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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