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A habitational surname from Mortemer in France, from Northern Old French, meaning dead pond.

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  1. A British surname​.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1: Act I, Scene III:
      He said he would not ransom Mortimer; / Forbade my tongue to speak of Mortimer; / But I will find him when he lies asleep, / And in his ear I'll holla 'Mortimer!'
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
    • 1941 Delmore Schwartz, Shenandoah, New Directions (1941), page 13:
      I like the names Herbert and Mortimer more all the time. They are so distinguished and new and American. Do you know how I came to think of them? I was reading the newspaper in bed after my first boy was born. I was reading the society page, which is always so interesting.

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