A Scottish and English name, Morton comes from the Old English terms ‘tun’ and ‘mor’ which referred to a marsh land and a settlement. A various spellings for Morton are Martin in Swedish and Moreton in French. Two major locations in England, Yorkshire and Lancashire, have the most families with the Morton surname. Ayrshire and Lanarkshire counties in Scotland have the most individuals with the Morton name. In the United States the states of Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, California, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois have many Morton families. Famous: Charles Morton (actor), Joy Morton (owner of Morton Salt Co.), Levi P. Morton (22nd U. S. Vice-President), Thomas Morton (inventor of a marine railway or patent slip for hauling boats from the water), Ricky Morton (professional wrestler) and Robert Morton (15th century musical composer).