Origin of the Name Mortimer
The origin of the name Mortimer
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Mortimer is usually of Anglo-Norman origin and is derived from the site of the Cistercian Abbaye de Mortemer in Normandy and from the village of Mortemer in the Seine-Maritime area. The Mortimers of the fourteenth century were powerful families centered around Wigmore Castle in Herefordshire. Ranulph de Mortimer (1070-1104), was the founder of the English House of Mortimer of Wigmore. He was the son of a Norman Baron who had assumed the name Mortimer after taking possession of the lands of that name in France . Edmund Mortimer (1376-1409), later had a claim to the English crown and plotted with Henry Hotspur Percy to depose King Henry IV of England , but perished at Harlech Castle. In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. Mortimer is on record in County Meath since 1382. The Gaelic names McMurty and Mortagh are used as occasional variants of the name Mortimer.
The Mortimer coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Mortimer descendants.