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Mort Family History

Mort Name Meaning

English (Lancashire): of uncertain origin. The most plausible suggestion is that it is a Norman nickname from Old French mort ‘dead’ (Latin mortuus), presumably referring to a person of deathly pallor or unnaturally still countenance, or possibly to someone who played the part of death in a pageant. However, it could also be the result of survival into the Middle English period of an Old English personal name, Morta, or an Old English vocabulary word mort ‘young salmon or trout’, both postulated by Ekwall to explain various place names (see for example Morcom). French: either a nickname from Old French mort ‘dead’ (see above), or an alteration, by folk etymology, of the personal name Mor(e) (see Moore 3).

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


Similar surnames: Fort, More, Port, Ort, Mora, Mont, Mole, Mori, Mart, Most

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Where is the Mort family from?

You can see how Mort families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mort family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mort families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 8 Mort families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 36% of all the recorded Mort's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Mort families in 1840.
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What did your Mort ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mort. 28% of Mort men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Mort women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mort were Carpenter and Housewife.

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    28%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    13%
  • Housework
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Housewife
    8%
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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Mort. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Mort. For the veterans among your Mort ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mort lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Mort life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Mort in 1954 was 55, and 71 in 2004.

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