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Orton Surname Origin
(Locality). From the town of Orton, in Westmoreland, England. Gaelic, Ord, a hill of a round form and steep, and ton, a town a fortress.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Orton Surname Meaning and Family Facts
There is more to Orton family history than the origin of your surname:
A Orton Family History Thought:
'If you would not be forgotten,
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worthy of reading,
Or do things worthy of writing.' --Benjamin Franklin, May 1738