Morfie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Many of the oldest Irish surnames were originally in the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Morfie is O Murchadha or Mac Murchadha, which are both derived from the word "murchadh," meaning "sea warrior."
Early Origins of the Morfie family
The surname Morfie was first found in County Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Morfie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morfie research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1127, 1172, 1650, 1716 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Morfie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Morfie Spelling Variations
Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Morfie family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Murphy, Morchoe, O'Murphy, Murfie, Murfree, Morfie, Morfey and many more.
Early Notables of the Morfie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Morfie family
Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Morfie: Dennis Murphy, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1766; Abraham Murphy, who settled in Maryland in 1674; Daniel Murphy, who came to Maryland in 1678; Ann Murphy, who settled in Philadelphia in 1773.
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The Morfie 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: Fortis et hospitalis
Motto Translation: Brave and hospitable.