Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Mr Roger Mortimer
This study has come about because whilst investigating a Robert Mortimer he was wrongly linked to a family of Mutimer. This fascinated me as when I looked further some Mortimer names were recorded in the original text as Mutimer.
Looking further back in the 1841 Census all the recorded Mutimers’ were in Suffolk and Norfolk and further study through Family Search .com revealed that this family went as far back as 1673 around Eye Suffolk. By 1891 although now spreading out Suffolk remained the highest proportion of the distribution with some 106 Mutimer families.
Most surname studies relate the name of Mutimer with that of the more common Mortimer/Mortimore however I have seen fit to look at this name as distinctive in its own right and whilst it may yet prove to be a derivative of Mortimer this is unproven until YDNA testing might give the answer.
The study is in its infancy and is related at this point to one Suffolk family, however as this is built up greater numbers will indicate whether more families exist. As of December 2019 the family tree is growing with some 1400 instances of Mutimer with some 400 marriage records, it distinctly looks like a separate study. One or two contacts made but no DNA as yet.
No origin has been established but it is likely to be from the common name of Mortimer and therefore of the French Mort de Mere (Dead of the Sea)
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