This unusual name is a dialectual transposition which derives from the Olde English locational name 'Warton or Wharton' - Anglo-Saxon village names from Lancashire, Cheshire and Westmorland. Similar examples are Quixley for Whixley, Quickfall for Wigfall and the now believed to be extinct, Quetherhead for Whitehead (Lancashire 1292). The name development appears to have been Ruffus de Wertona (1175, Norfolk) to John de Warton (1246, Lancashire) to Querton as below, and finally to Francis Quarton, 1707 The Lancashire Wills Record. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de Querton which was dated 1272 The Nottingham Pipe Rolls during the reign of King Edward 1 The Hammer of the Scots 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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