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Where did the English Morse family come from? What is the English Morse family crest and coat of arms? When did the Morse family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Morse family history?The distinguished surname Morse emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin, which became very frequent in England during the 14th century. The surname Morse is derived from the Old French name Maur, which is derived from the Latin personal name Mauritius, which means Moorish or dark. Morse is a late form of the surname.
Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Mors, Morse, Mawse and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morse research. Another 256 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1771, 1791, 1807, and 1872 are included under the topic Early Morse History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Morse
Morse Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Morse Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Morse Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Morse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morse 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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