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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 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Mortimer. 2% of Mortimer men worked as a General Labourer and 52% of Mortimer women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mortimer were Dairy Farmer and Unpaid Domestic

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Dairy Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Mortimer Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Mortimer Life Expectancy

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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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