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The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Morton. The Morton family 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.

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The surname Morton 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.

The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Morton has appeared as Morton, Moreton, Moorton, Myrton and others.


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

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Another 115 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Morton 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.

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As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Morton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Ralph Morton, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1607
  • George Morton settled in Plymouth in 1621 with four children
  • George Morton (ca.1585-1624) from Bawtry, South Yorkshire who sailed aboard the Anne in 1623 destined for Plymouth Massachusetts with his family
  • Julian Carpenter Morton, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
  • Thomas Morton, who arrived in New England in 1625


Morton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Lawrance Morton, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1708
  • Mathias Morton, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1712
  • Robert Morton, who arrived in America in 1730
  • James Morton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Paul Morton, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755


Morton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Francis Morton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Dever Morton, who landed in Norfolk, Va in 1820
  • Eliza Morton, aged 24, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873
  • Alexander Morton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Andrew Morton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838


Morton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Elisa Morton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. John Morton U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 51 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA
  • Mr. William Morton U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 219 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA
  • Mr. Alexander Morton U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mrs. Eliza Morton U.E. who settled in Sussex, King's County, New Brunswick c. 1784 wife of Elkanah Morton, she died in 1799


Morton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Mary Morton, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast
  • Daniel Morton, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin
  • Patrick Morton, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin
  • Samuel Morton, who arrived in Canada in 1836
  • Silas Morton, who arrived in Canada in 1836


Morton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • George Morton, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • John Morton, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • John Morton, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Morton, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia


Morton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • David Morton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
  • Mary Morton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
  • George Morton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
  • James Morton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • William P. Morton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864


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  • Harry Robert "Bob" Morton (1934-2015), American politician, Washington State Senator from Washington's 7th Legislative District (1994-2013)
  • Larry Craig Morton (b. 1943), American former professional NFL football quarterback, into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • William Thomas Green Morton (1819-1868), American dentist who first publicly demonstrated the use of ether as a surgical anesthetic in 1846
  • Charles Hazen "Charlie" Morton (1854-1921), American Major League Baseball outfielder, manager, and League executive
  • Charles "Charlie" Alfred Morton (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Conrad Vernon Morton (1905-1972), American botanist
  • Ben A. Morton (1875-1952), American politician, Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, 1924-27
  • C. A. Morton, American politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate 23rd District, 1877-78
  • Catherene Morton, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arizona, 2008
  • Charles B. Morton, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 7th District, 1872; Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 3rd District, 1894

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