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Mortimer Name Meaning

English and Scottish (of Norman origin): habitational name from Mortemer in Seine-Maritime France so called from Old French mort(e) ‘dead’ + mer ‘sea’ probably referring to a stagnant pond or drained swamp. Irish (of Norman origin): the Norman surname in sense 1 above 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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Where is the Mortimer family from?

You can see how Mortimer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mortimer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mortimer families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Mortimer families living in New York. This was about 19% of all the recorded Mortimer's in USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Mortimer families in 1840.
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What did your Mortimer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Mortimer. 14% of Mortimer men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Mortimer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mortimer were Clerk and Teacher. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Waitress
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 173,000 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 Lists

There are 18,000 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 Cards

There are 16,000 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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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.

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