Mort Family History
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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