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Morton Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of the many places called Mor(e)ton named with Old English mōr ‘moor’ + tūn ‘farmstead estate’. There has probably been some confusion with Morten and perhaps also with Murton . This English name has also been established in Ireland since the 13th century. American shortened and altered form of Swedish Mårtensson or Mortensson (see Martenson and Mortenson ) which could also be substituted for the Finnish cognate Marttinen. French: shortened form of Moreton French: habitational name from a place so named in Vienne. Jewish: adopted for one or more like-sounding Jewish names (for example Mordecai ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Murton, Norton, Horton, Marton, Merton, Orton, Forton, Lorton, Worton

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Where is the Morton family from?

You can see how Morton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Morton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Morton families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 920 Morton families living in Ontario. This was about 55% of all the recorded Morton's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Morton families in 1911.
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What did your Morton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Morton. 32% of Morton men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Morton women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Morton were Clerk and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    32%
  • Labourer
    8%
  • Laborer
    5%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Teacher
    13%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Clerk
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 97,000 immigration records available for the last name Morton. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 102,000 military records available for the last name Morton. For the veterans among your Morton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Morton lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Morton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Morton in 1940 was 31, and 75 in 2004.

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