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McMorris Surname History

The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the McMorris family. Their name comes from the Gaelic name Muiredachus, meaning "belonging to the sea, a mariner," fro which also coes the more common and quite distinct name Murdoch.

Early Origins of the McMorris family

The surname McMorris was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, 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.

Early History of the McMorris family

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McMorris Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. McMorris has been written as MacVurrich, MacVurich, MacVarish, MacVarrais, MacVarrich, MacWirriche, MacVorist, MacVorish, MacMorice, MacNuirighe and many more.

Early Notables of the McMorris family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McMorris family to the New World and Oceana

Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name McMorris or a variant listed above: Archibald, Florence, Lachlan, Mary and Merrau McVurich arrived in New York State in 1739.

Contemporary Notables of the name McMorris (post 1700)

  • Lois McMorris, nicknamed "Lady Mac", American lead guitarist and vocalist
  • Kristina McMorris, American bestselling author
  • Jerry McMorris (1940-2012), American principal owner of the Colorado Rockies of the National League from 1992 through 2005
  • Charles "Soc" Horatio McMorris (1890-1954), American rear admiral during World War II, Commander of the forces at the Battle of the Komandorski Islands and Aleutian Islands
  • Bill McMorris (b. 1986), American journalist, staff writer for The Washington Free Beacon
  • Mark McMorris (b. 1993), Canadian five-time gold, six-times silver medalist professional snowboarder
  • Easton Dudley Ashton St John McMorris (b. 1935), West Indian cricketer who played in 13 Tests from 1958 to 1966
  • Don McMorris (b. 1961), Canadian provincial politician, MLA in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan (1999-)

The McMorris Motto

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: Omine secundo
Motto Translation: With favourable omen.

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