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Morton Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of the many places called Mor(e)ton, named in Old English as ‘settlement (tun) by or on a marsh or moor (mor)’. Swedish: variant of Martin. French: contracted form of Moreton 2. Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames or of various other non-English names bearing some kind of similarity to it.

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


Similar surnames: Murton, Norton, Horton, Marton, Merton, Orton, Forton, Lorton, Worton

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Where is the Morton family from?

You can see how Morton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Morton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Morton families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 130 Morton families living in New York. This was about 12% of all the recorded Morton's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Morton families in 1840.
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What did your Morton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Morton. 15% of Morton men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Morton women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Morton were Truck Driver 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
    15%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 97,000 immigration records available for the last name Morton. 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 102,000 military records available for the last name Morton. For the veterans among your Morton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Morton lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Morton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Morton in 1940 was 31, and 75 in 2004.

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