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Among the the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Mortenson were the Strathclyde- Britons. Mortenson was a name for 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.

Mortenson Early Origins



The surname Mortenson 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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Mortenson Spelling Variations


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Mortenson Spelling Variations



Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Mortenson has been spelled Morton, Moreton, Moorton, Myrton and others.

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Mortenson Early History


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Mortenson Early History



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

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Mortenson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mortenson 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 Mortenson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mortenson In Ireland


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Mortenson In Ireland



Some of the Mortenson 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



Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlanti c. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Mortenson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Mortenson, aged 28, landed in Ncw Orleans, La in 1820
  • Jacob Mortenson, who landed in Arkansas in 1874
  • Hans Peter Mortenson, who arrived in Iowa in 1887

Mortenson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Louis Mortenson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1914

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mortenson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mortenson (post 1700)



  • M. A. Mortenson Sr., American founder of Mortenson Company in 1954, now a major renewable energy construction company
  • Jack Mortenson, American founder of Mortenson Broadcasting who owns Christian radio stations throughout the Unites States
  • Ray Mortenson (b. 1944), American artist photographer, best known for black-and-white photographs of abandoned buildings in The Bronx taken in the early 1980s
  • Greg Mortenson (b. 1957), American humanitarian, professional speaker, writer, and former mountaineer
  • Jay Paul Mortenson (b. 1966), American former competitive swimmer and Olympic gold medalist at the 1988 Summer Olympics
  • Norma Jean Mortenson (1926-1962), original name of Marilyn Monroe, American Golden Globe winning actress, singer and model
  • Heidi Mortenson (b. 1975), Danish electronic composer, singer and producer

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    10. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
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    The Mortenson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mortenson 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 31 October 2016 at 17:27.

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