Morton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Morton family

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.

Early History of the Morton family

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Morton Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Morton family (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 Chancellor of England during the reign of...
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Morton World Ranking

In the United States, the name Morton is the 462nd most popular surname with an estimated 62,175 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name Morton is ranked the 626th most popular surname with an estimated 8,262 people with that name. [2] And in Australia, the name Morton is the 309th popular surname with an estimated 11,531 people with that name. [3] New Zealand ranks Morton as 334th with 1,885 people. [4] The United Kingdom ranks Morton as 262nd with 22,920 people. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Morton family to Ireland

Some of the Morton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Morton migration to the United States +

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 [6]
  • George Morton, who 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 [6]
  • Thomas Morton, who arrived in New England in 1625 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Morton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lawrance Morton, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1708 [6]
  • Mathias Morton, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1712 [6]
  • Robert Morton, who arrived in America in 1730 [6]
  • James Morton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [6]
  • Peter Morton, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Morton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Morton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [6]
  • Eliza Morton, aged 24, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873 [6]
  • Dever Morton, who landed in Norfolk, Va in 1820 [6]
  • Andrew Morton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [6]
  • Alexander Morton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Morton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Morton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Elisa Morton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Morton, who arrived 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 [7]
  • 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 [7]
  • Mr. Alexander Morton U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Morton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Morton, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Daniel Morton, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Patrick Morton, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Samuel Morton, who arrived in Canada in 1836
  • Silas Morton, who arrived in Canada in 1836
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Australia Morton migration to Australia +

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

Morton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Morton, English convict who was convicted in Sandgate, Folkestone, England for life, transported aboard the "Duke of Portland" in January 1807, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • George Morton, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
  • Robert Morton, a tailor, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Morton, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [10]
  • John Morton, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [11]
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New Zealand Morton 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:

Morton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. David Morton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th August 1856 [12]
  • Mrs. Mary Morton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th August 1856 [12]
  • Miss Mary Morton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th August 1856 [12]
  • Mr. George Morton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th August 1856 [12]
  • Mr. Daniel Morton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Nourmahal" arriving in Dunedin, Otaga, South Island, New Zealand on 5th May 1858 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Morton migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [13]
Morton Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Henry Morton, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Henry Morton, aged 20, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [6]
  • Jo Morton, aged 24, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [6]
  • Rowland Morton, aged 17, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [6]
  • Mr. Henry Morton, (b. 1615), aged 20, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Alexander" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [14]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Morton (post 1700) +

  • P.J. Morton (b. 1981), born as Paul Morton Jr., an American Grammy winning musician, singer, songwriter and record producer
  • Harry Morton (1981-2019), American restaurateur, founder of the restaurant chain Pink Taco
  • Newton Ennis Morton (1929-2018), American population geneticist from Camden, New Jersey, one of the founders of the field of genetic epidemiology
  • 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
  • Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton (1890-1941), born Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, American jazz composer
  • ... (Another 111 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Ruth Jane Morton (1888-1914), née Spruston Canadian Third Class Passenger from Fernie, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Lowther Morton (1887-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Fernie, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [15]
  • Miss Jane Morton, Canadian Third Class Passenger from Fernie, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [15]
  • Miss Kathleen Morton, Canadian Third Class Passenger from Fernie, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [15]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. W Morton, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Frederick Charles Morton (b. 1906), "Freddie" English Petty Officer from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Morton, British Leading Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Henry Canova Vollam Morton (b. 1892), English Journalist from England, who sailed on the HMS Prince of Wales prior to its sinking [16]
Prince of Wales colliery
  • Mr. Samuel Morton (b. 1838), Welsh coal miner who was working at the Prince of Wales Colliery in Abercarn, Wales on the 11th September 1878 when there was a coal mine explosion; he died [17]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Leslie Noel Morton, English Able-Bodied Seaman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in a collapsible [18]
  • Mr. John Clifford Morton, English Able-Bodied Seaman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [18]


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  4. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  5. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/duke-of-portland
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  14. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 28th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  15. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  16. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  17. ^ Entombed in flood and flame (retrieved 3rd August 2021). Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20120603025705/http://www.crosskeys.me.uk/history/prince.htm
  18. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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