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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

(Astley, co. Lancaster). Ar. on a bend gu. four (another, three) lozenges of the field. Crest—A phoenix in flames ppr.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Mort Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Mort Origin:


Origins of Mort:

According to the early recordings of the spelling of surname, this interesting and unique name is listed as Mort, Morte, Mortel, Mortell, (English), Mort, Morte, Mortaux, Mortell, Mortin,(French), Mortale, Mortara, Mortato, Morteo, (Italian), and many more. It is a very uncommon surname. It has more than three possible sources. The first is that it is an old pet name from the Old French word "mort" which means death. So, it relates either to an actor who continually performed the role of death in the popular travelling theatres of the time, or it may have related to a person who "looked like death, pale", and had a dim or sickly structure. The second and at least in England a considered origin is acquired of the old pre 7th century particular name "Morta," which means of unknown etymology, and appeared in the place name of Mortlake in Surrey. The third can be of geographical origin from some places such as Morte Bank in Lancashire, England, or Mortagne in France or Mortola in Italy. This geographical origin in England would seem to be introduced by the large number of recordings of the surname in the division of Lancashire, where it well listed from at least Elizabethan period. Examples of parish recordings contain as Edward Morte, a naming witness at Winwick, Lancashire, England, in October 1565, Catherine Mort named at Aizanville, Haute-Marne, France, in August 1715, and Emanuele Monteo who married Giovanna Risso at Genova, Italy, in February 1867.


More common variations are: Morte, Morty, Moret, Mortt, Morta, Morat, Morit, Morot, Mortu, Morti.


The origins of the surname Mort was found in Essex where people held a family seat from early times. Someone say better before the success of Normans and the entrance of Duke William at Hastings 1066 A.D.


Many of the people with surname Mort had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Mort settled in the United States in two different centuries respectively in the 17th, and 19th. Some of the individuals with the name Mort who landed in the United States in the 17th century included Richard Mort, who arrived in Virginia in 1653. John Mort, who arrived in Virginia in 1664.

The following century saw more Mort surnames arrive. Some of the population with the surname Mort who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included James Mort, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) Division, Pennsylvania in 1864. Joseph Mort, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) Division, Pennsylvania in 1876.


Some of the individuals with the surname Mort who settled in New Zealand in the 19th century included J. Mort arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William" in 1853.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Mort: United States 3,003; England 1,549; Iran 716; Australia 490; Rusia 452; Wales 373; Mexico 314; Germany 303; France 208; South Africa 164.

Notable People:

Chris Mort was an English advocate and old chairperson of Newcastle United Football Club. He is an advocate for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he is co-head of the free time sector group and managing connections with companies in the gaming, holidays, hotels, bars and sports sections.

David Mort (1888–1963), was a British leader. He was born in Briton Ferry, Glamorgan, he left school at the age of thirteen when his father passed away. After starting working in an outfitters shop, he continually entered the local steel works.

Graham Mort was a British author, rewriter and professor.

Greg Mort (born 1952), was an American artist.

Helen Mort (born 1985), was a British poet.

Henry Mort (1818–1900), was a shepherd, businessman and leader in what is now Australia.

Ian Mort (1937–1996), was an Australian rules football player who played for Hawthorn in the VFL during the early 1960s.

John Mort (1915–1997), was an Anglican priest.

Thomas Mort (1897–1967), was an English football player.

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort (1816–1878), was an Australian manufacturer.

Valzhyna Mort (born Valhyna Martynava in 1981), was a Belarusian poet.

Mort Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Mort blazon are the lozenge and bend. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and argent.

The bold red colour on a heraldic shield is known as gules. It has a long history within heraldry, it is known that one of those who besieged the scottish castle of Carlaverock in 1300 was the French knight Euremions de la Brette who had as his arms a simple red shield.1. The word gules is thought to come from the Arabic gule, or “red rose” 2. Later writers associated it with the precious stone ruby and the metal iron 3, perhaps because of the red glow of iron in the heat of the blacksmith’s forge.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5.

For easy recognition of the items on a coat of arms, and hence the quick identification of the owner, bold simple shapes are best. Hence, simple geometric shapes are often used for this purpose 6xz`, and the lozenge Is a typical example of this, and can appear in any of the main heraldic tinctures. It can appear on its own, voided (with the background visible through the middle), and can also be conjoined, whereby adjacent lozenges touch point-to-point. 7 Guillim groups the lozenge with all square shapes as being symbolic of “verity, probity, constancy and equity”. 8

The bend is a distinctive part of the shield, frequently occuring and clearly visible from a distance – it is a broad band running from top left to bottom right 9. Indeed, so important is the bend that it was the subject of one of the earliest cases before the English Court of Chivalry; the famous case of 1390, Scrope vs Grosvenor had to decide which family were the rightful owners of Azure, a bend or (A blue shield, with yellow bend). 10. The bend is held in high honour and may signify “defence or protection” and often borne by those of high military rank 11.

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  • 1 The Siege of Carlaverock, N. Harris, Nichols & Son, London, 1828, P180
  • 2 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 313
  • 3 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 4 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 5 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 6 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P146
  • 7 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Lozenge
  • 8 A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P262
  • 9 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 39-40
  • 10 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P22
  • 11 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P49