Morton Family History

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Morton Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of the many places called Mor(e)ton, named in Old English as ‘settlement (tun) by or on a marsh or moor (mor)’. Swedish: variant of Martin. French: contracted form of Moreton 2. Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames or of various other non-English names bearing some kind of similarity to it.

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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Morton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Morton name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Morton. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Morton Family Origin

Where is the Morton family from?

Morton Family Occupations

What did your Morton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Morton family was School. Farmer, Going To School and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Morton. The most common Morton occupation in Canada was Farmer. 35% of Morton's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Laborer

  • School


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Morton ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Morton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 618,000 census records available for the last name Morton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Morton census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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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Draft Card

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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Morton Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Morton ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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