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What does Mortimer mean?

Mortimer Pronunciation of Mortimer [mor-timer] as a boys' name is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Mortimer is "dead sea". From "morte mer". Baronial surname that probably referred to a stagnant lake on the family's lands. First used since the 19th century. Entrepreneur Mortimer Zuckerman.

Associated with: sea, baronial (noble), surname, lake (river), 19th century.


Mortimer has 3 variants: Mort, Morty and Mortymer.

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Middle name pairings:
Mortimer Archer (M.A.), ..

How popular is Mortimer?

Mortimer is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#5917 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Mortimer reached its peak position of #615 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mortimer name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mortimer outside U.S.

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Recommended names are Bouvier, Braiser (see Brazier), Braizer, Carter, Cartier, Colier, Collier, Currier, Farrier, Ferrier, Forester, Forster, Gautier, Gomer, Homer, Latimer, Lorimer, Lorrimer, Lorymer, Lother, Maither, Mariner, Marinor (see Marriner), Markize, Marmer, Marriner, Marten, Marti, Martie, Martijn, Martin, Martinien (see Martin), Martino, Martinos, Martinus, Mather, Matther, Mattie, Mattieu, Maxime, Mercer, Miner, Mohamed, Montagew, Montane, Monte, Montel, Montes, Montie, More, Morey, Morfin, Morice, Moriel, Moriz, Morley, Morrel, Morrice, Morrie, Morris, Morrley (see Morley), Morse, Morten, Morton, Morven, Mosie, Mouneer, Mounir, Muriel, Porter, Potter, Rossiter, Torger, Verrier and Warriner. These names tend to be more commonly used than Mortimer.

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