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Mortimer Family History

Mortimer Name Meaning
English, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish (of Norman origin): habitational name from Mortemer in Seine-Maritime, France, so called from Old French mort(e) ‘dead’ + mer ‘sea’ (Latin mare). The place name probably referred to a stagnant pond or partly drained swamp; there may also have been an allusion to the Biblical Dead Sea seen by crusaders. The Norman surname was taken to Ireland from England in the medieval period, where it has also been adopted by bearers of the Gaelic surnames Mac Muircheartaigh and ÓMuircheartaigh, commonly Anglicized as McMurty and Mortagh. Compare McMurdo.

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

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182,437 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
13,445 Military Records
16,363 Immigration Records
153,197 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Mortimer Families

  • Number of Mortimer families
     87 - 171
     30 - 86
     1 - 29
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Mortimer families
     937 - 1,871
     313 - 936
     1 - 312
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Mortimer families
     113 - 223
     38 - 112
     1 - 37
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Mortimer Family Origin

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Mortimer Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Mortimer

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Mortimer Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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