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ORTON Family History

This interesting surname is of Anglo-Scottish origins. If English it is usually locational from any one of the various places called Orton but recorded in the famous Domesday Book of England in 1086 as Ovretone, Ovretune and Worton. All these share the same second element of the pre 7th century word "tun", meaning a farm or settlement, but the first element in each case is more difficult to determine. Examples of the place names in Cambridgeshire and Warwickshire are on the banks of rivers, so that there it is probably the Olde English word "ofer", meaning river; although in other cases it is impossible to decide between "ofer", meaning over, and "ufera", upper.

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