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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


Similar surnames: Mortier, Dormer, Portier, Porter, Lorimer, Cormier, Martire, Latimer

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Mortimer Family Origin

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Mortimer Family Occupations

What did your Mortimer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Mortimer family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mortimer. The most common Mortimer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 23% of Mortimer's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    23%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Keeping House

    4%
  • Carpenter

    3%

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Mortimer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Mortimer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mortimer 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Mortimer. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Mortimer. For the veterans among your Mortimer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mortimer Life Expectancy

What is the average Mortimer lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Mortimer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Mortimer in 1944 was 33, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Mortimer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mortimer 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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