Morton

First Name
12k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
59k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Morton

"Morton" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the moor town". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States jazz musician who moved from ragtime to New Orleans jazz (1885-1941)
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  1. Any of several places of that name (or Moreton) meaning "settlement near a moor or marsh".
  2. An English and Scottish habitational surname​ from the placename.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Morton

Gary Morton was an actor, comedian, and producer. He was most prominent from 1965 to 1990. Gary was given the name Morton Goldaper on December 19th, 1924. He left this life on March 30th, 1999.

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Mort Garson was an electronic music, easy listening, rock music, and pop music composer, arrangement, and songwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 1940 to 1980. Mort was given the name Morton S. Garson on July 20th, 1924 in Saint John, New Brunswick. He left this life on January 4th, 2008.

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Mort Sahl is a political satire and improvisational theatre comedian. Mort was given the name Morton Lyon Sahl on May 11th, 1927 in Montreal.

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Morton Sobell is a criminal.

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Morton Downey, Jr. was a talk show, singing, actor, disc jockey, talk show host, and singer. Morton was given the name Sean Morton Downey on December 9th, 1932 in Los Angeles. They died on March 12th, 2001.

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Marty was given the name Morton David Alpern on March 23rd, 1922 in Pittsburgh.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Morton

Samantha Morton is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1991. Samantha was given the name Samantha Jane Morton on May 13th, 1977 in Nottingham, England.

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Ricky Morton is a wrestler. Ricky was born on September 21st, 1956 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Joe Morton is an actor. He has been prominent since 1970. Joe was given the name Joseph Thomas Morton, Jr. on October 18th, 1947 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Jelly Roll Morton was a ragtime, jazz, twelve-bar blues, dixieland, and swing music vaudeville comedian, bandleader, composer, arranger, and vaudeville. He holds the title Tiger Rag". His most notable accomplishments were from 1900 to 1941. Jelly was given the name Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe on October 20th, 1890 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Jelly is also known as Jelly Roll Morton. He passed away on July 10th, 1941.

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Gary Morton was an actor, comedian, and producer. He was most prominent from 1965 to 1990. Gary was given the name Morton Goldaper on December 19th, 1924. He left this life on March 30th, 1999.

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PJ Morton is a singer, musician, record producer, and singing. He plays Keyboard instrument, Synthesizer, Piano, Organ (music), and Vocals. He has had major accomplishments since 2001. PJ was given the name Paul Morton, Jr. on March 29th, 1981 in New Orleans.

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How popular is the baby name Morton in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 16 0 16
1881 14 0 14
1882 23 0 23
1883 6 0 6
1884 11 0 11
1885 8 0 8
1886 6 0 6
1887 18 0 18
1888 53 0 53
1889 36 0 36
1890 31 0 31
1891 15 0 15
1892 27 0 27
1893 20 0 20
1894 27 0 27
1895 23 0 23
1896 18 0 18
1897 14 0 14
1898 13 0 13
1899 11 0 11
1900 13 0 13
1901 10 0 10
1902 15 0 15
1903 12 0 12
1904 19 0 19
1905 25 0 25
1906 31 0 31
1907 36 0 36
1908 27 0 27
1909 25 0 25
1910 40 0 40
1911 73 0 73
1912 137 0 137
1913 185 0 185
1914 233 0 233
1915 286 0 286
1916 320 0 320
1917 343 0 343
1918 402 5 397
1919 377 0 377
1920 435 0 435
1921 461 0 461
1922 460 0 460
1923 482 0 482
1924 472 0 472
1925 414 0 414
1926 443 0 443
1927 410 0 410
1928 370 0 370
1929 388 0 388
1930 367 0 367
1931 405 0 405
1932 403 0 403
1933 331 0 331
1934 309 0 309
1935 310 0 310
1936 275 0 275
1937 218 0 218
1938 198 0 198
1939 141 0 141
1940 132 0 132
1941 118 0 118
1942 118 0 118
1943 119 0 119
1944 94 0 94
1945 108 0 108
1946 94 0 94
1947 96 0 96
1948 62 0 62
1949 68 0 68
1950 55 0 55
1951 55 0 55
1952 44 0 44
1953 50 0 50
1954 54 0 54
1955 32 0 32
1956 38 0 38
1957 40 0 40
1958 38 0 38
1959 32 0 32
1960 32 0 32
1961 30 0 30
1962 36 0 36
1963 29 0 29
1964 30 0 30
1965 21 0 21
1966 30 0 30
1967 19 0 19
1968 21 0 21
1969 21 0 21
1970 14 0 14
1971 25 0 25
1972 20 0 20
1973 9 0 9
1974 9 0 9
1975 10 0 10
1976 15 0 15
1977 10 0 10
1978 15 0 15
1979 17 0 17
1980 9 0 9
1981 16 0 16
1982 6 0 6
1984 7 0 7
1985 8 0 8
1987 10 0 10
1988 5 0 5
1989 12 0 12
1990 5 0 5
1991 5 0 5
1992 6 0 6
1993 13 0 13
1996 6 0 6
1997 9 0 9
1998 8 0 8
2000 5 0 5
2004 7 0 7
2005 7 0 7
2008 5 0 5
2011 7 0 7
2016 7 0 7

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Popularity of Morton as a first name

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Popularity of Morton as a last name

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Common last names for Morton

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  • Miller
  • Schwartz
  • Goldberg
  • Brown
  • Harris
  • Weiss
  • Shapiro
  • Levine
  • Davis
  • Katz
  • Kaplan
  • Thompson
  • Taylor
  • Levin

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Morton U.S.
  White 74.00% 64.26%
  African American 19.74% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.86% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.29% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Morton

People with the last name Morton are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Morton

  • How Popular is the name Morton? Morton is the 2,193rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Morton was the 568th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Morton have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 12,314 babies born with the first name Morton in the United States. That's more than enough people named Morton to occupy the country of Tuvalu with an estimated population of 10,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Morton? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 16 new born babies.
  • When was Morton first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Morton is Sunday, August 28th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Morton born? The highest recorded use of the first name Morton was in 1923 with a total of 482 babies.
  • Random Morton Factoid: According to the 1932 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Morton ranks 77th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, 180 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1932.
  • Weird things about the name Morton: Your name in reverse order is Notrom. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Otormn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Morton? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 59,213 people with the last name Morton.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Morton? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 20 of them will have Morton as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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