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Where did the English Mortimer family come from? What is the English Mortimer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mortimer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mortimer family history?We must look to France for the early origins of the name Mortimer. For it is here that early records this family descends from Walter, Lord of St. Martin, Normandy who married a niece of the Duchess Gunnora c. 980. Roger, Sire de Mortimer was a leader of the army of Duke William and helped defeat the French in 1054. His son Roger de Mortimer was a leader at the Battle of Hastings and was granted a great barony for his efforts. From him, descended the Lords Mortimer of Wigmore, Earls of March. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Moretemer, in the Seine-Maritime region of Normandy. Mortemer derives from the Old French "mort," meaning "dead," and "mer," meaning "sea."
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Mortimer have been found, including Mortimer, Mortimor and others.
First found in Herefordshire where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated as Lords of the manor and estates in that shire. Ranulph de Mortimer (before 1070), accompanied William the Conqueror and was granted Wigmore Castle in Hereford. They became the Lords of Wigmore.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mortimer research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1328, 1827, 1287, 1330, 1321, 1324, 1376, 1409, 1390 and 1411 are included under the topic Early Mortimer History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 197 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mortimer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Mortimer were among those contributors:
Mortimer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Mortimer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Mortimer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Mortimer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Mortimer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Mortimer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Mortimer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mortimer 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.
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