Morton Family History
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