Pronounced Pron. mawr-TISH-ə (Popular Culture), mawr-TEE-see-ah (Dutch)
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Contributor Contrib.The Addams Family on 10/24/2009
Probably based on the American English word mortician meaning "undertaker, funeral director", which is ultimately derived from Latin mortis meaning "death". This pseudo-Latin name was created by cartoonist Charles Addams (1912-1988) for a recurring character in the cartoons that he drew for the magazine The New Yorker. His cartoons became so popular that a television series was based on them, which debuted in 1964 under the name "The Addams Family". When the series was still in development, Addams was asked to provide names for each of his characters (as the characters had never been actually named in the cartoons until then) and Morticia is the name that he came up with for the mother of the family.There are bearers of this name in real life, meaning that their parents must have been inspired by the character Morticia Addams in one way or the other. As a result, this name no longer purely exists in popular culture. However, the numbers of real-life bearers are very small. For example, in the Netherlands, there was a total of 13 bearers in the entire country in the year 2014, of which less than 5 had the name as a first name that they answer to in daily life.