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Where did the Welsh Morris family come from? What is the Welsh Morris family crest and coat of arms? When did the Morris family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Morris family history?This old Welsh surname comes from the Latin personal name Mauritius, which means dark. In Britain, Maurice was the learned form of the name, while Morice was the common form. The surname Morris was likely also assumed as a surname after being a nickname for a dark or swarthy person.
Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Morris has occasionally been spelled Morris, Morriss, Moriss, Morrice, Morice, Moris and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morris research. Another 227 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morris History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morris Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Morris family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Morris
Morris Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Morris Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Morris Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Morris Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Morris Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morris Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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