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Where did the Irish Morrow family come from? What is the Irish Morrow family crest and coat of arms? When did the Morrow family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Morrow family history?

The original Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a proud, ancient past. The original Gaelic form of the name Morrow is Mac Murchadha.


Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Morrow family name. Variations found include McMorough, McMorogh, McMorrough, McMurrer and others.

First found in Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morrow research. Another 220 words(16 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Morrow History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Morrow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Morrow family in North America:

Morrow Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Francois Morrow, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Philip Morrow, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1757
  • David Morrow, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1772
  • Elizabeth Morrow, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • Richard Morrow, who landed in America in 1795

Morrow Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Morrow, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Agnes Morrow, who landed in America in 1805
  • Andrew Morrow, aged 26, arrived in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805
  • Andw Morrow, who arrived in America in 1805
  • James Morrow, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808


  • William Phillip Morrow (b. 1954), U.S. Republican politician
  • Jay Johnson Morrow (1870-1937), Governor of the Panama Canal Zone
  • Bill Morrow, former President and COO of Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Joshua Morrow (b. 1974), Emmy Award-nominated American actor
  • Karen Morrow (b. 1936), Emmy Award winning American singer and actress best known for her work in musical theater
  • Doretta Morrow (1928-1968), American film actress and dancer
  • Douglas Morrow (1913-1994), American film screenwriter and producer
  • Juliet Morrow (b. 1962), American archeologist and university professor
  • William Morrow (d. 1931), American publisher and founder of William Morrow and Company (1926)
  • Robert Morrow VC (1891-1915), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross



  • The Morrows, and Related Families, 1640-1978 by J.T. Morrow.
  • Morrow Cousins by Ophelia M. Phillips.

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The Morrow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morrow 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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