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Where did the Scottish Moreshead family come from? What is the Scottish Moreshead family crest and coat of arms? When did the Moreshead family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Moreshead family history?In ancient Scotland, the first people to use Moreshead as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name someone who lived in Lanark, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Moreshead has been spelled Muirhead, Morehead, Moorhead, Moorehead, Murehead and others.
First found in Lanarkshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moreshead research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1401 and 1491 are included under the topic Early Moreshead History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Moreshead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Moreshead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: James and John Muirhead who were banished to the New World in 1685 by Judge Jeffreys. They settled in east New Jersey. Alexander Muirhead arrived in Pennsylvania in 1847..
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Auxilio Dei
Motto Translation: By the help of God.
The Moreshead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moreshead 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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