Elements, M names, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Water


Mortimer is an English male name which comes from a surname via a habitional surname. The name comes from a French origin meaning “dead pond” or “dead sea”, made up from Old French mort (dead) via Latin mortuus (dead, having died; decayed, withered) derived from a PIE root word; and Old French mer (sea) via Latin mare (sea) also derived from a PIE root word. It may have originally referred to a stagnant pond or a drained swamp. It may also have been used as an allusion to the Dead Sea but from what I could gather, that doesn’t seem likely.

Nicknames: Mort, Morty

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Mortemer (French, English)
  • Mortimore (English)


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