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Where did the Scottish Orton family come from? What is the Scottish Orton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Orton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Orton family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ortun, Orton, Ortone and others.

First found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times as Lords of the manor of Orton, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orton research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1224 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Orton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Orton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Orton, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1636
  • John Orton who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • James Orton, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Orton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Christopher Orton, who landed in Georgia in 1741
  • Mr. Orton settled in Georgia in 1741
  • Thomas Orton landed in America in 1763
  • William Orton settled in Maryland in 1772

Orton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jane and Maria Orton settled in New York State in 1822
  • Jane Orton, aged 26, landed in America in 1822
  • Maria Orton, aged 16, landed in America in 1822
  • Robert Orton settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856

Orton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • John Orton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Orton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • William Orton, who landed in Canada in 1836

Orton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Orton, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia

Orton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Orton, aged 19, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874

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  • Harlow S. Orton (1817-1895), American justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court from (1878-1895), Chief Justice from 1894 to 1895
  • Azariah Giles Orton (1789-1864), American Presbyterian theologian
  • James Orton (1830-1877), American naturalist
  • Daniel Joseph Orton (b. 1990), American professional NBA basketball player
  • William "Bill" Orton (1948-2009), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah (1991-1997)
  • Samuel Torrey Orton (1879-1948), American physician who pioneered the study of learning disabilities, best known for his work on dyslexia
  • Robert Keith "Cowboy" Orton (b. 1950), American professional wrestler
  • Robert Dale "Bob" Orton (1929-2006), American professional wrestler
  • Randal Keith "Randy" Orton (b. 1980), American professional wrestler and actor
  • C. J. Orton, American politician, Delegate to Ohio State Constitutional Convention from Sandusky County, 1850-51

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  1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  2. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  5. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
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The Orton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Orton 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 23 October 2015 at 09:37.

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