Mortlock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Mortlock family

The surname Mortlock was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1279 when Walter Mortelake held the estates.

Early History of the Mortlock family

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Mortlock Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mortlake, Motlock, Mortloch, Mawdlake, Moordlake, Mawdlock, Mawtlock and many more.

Early Notables of the Mortlock family (pre 1700)

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Australia Mortlock migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mortlock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Mortlock, (b. 1815), aged 18, English convict who was convicted in Essex, England for 14 years for house breaking, transported aboard the "Captain Cook" on 2nd May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1879 [1]
  • William Ranson Mortlock, aged 21, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Imaum of Muscat" in 1843 [2]
  • John Mortlock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal George" in 1848 [3]
  • Joseph Mortlock, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"

New Zealand Mortlock migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mortlock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Mortlock, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Zambesi" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th September 1863 [4]


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/captain-cook
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) IMAUM of MUSCAT. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1843ImaumMuscat.gif
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL GEORGE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848RoyalGeorge.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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