The English surname Morton, also found in Ireland and Scotland, is an 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).” The first recorded reference to the name is in 1273 when Robert de Morton is recorded in Nottingham. The name is first found in the New World in 1607 when Ralph Morton arrived in Jamestown Virginia. Today there are approximately 59,000 bearers of the name Morton living in the United States.
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