Morrin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Morrin was spawned from the landscape of northern France known as Normandy during the Middle Ages. It comes from the popular Old French given name Maurice.

Early Origins of the Morrin family

The surname Morrin was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family has held a family seat from ancient times.

The most unusual descendant of this family was Simon Morin, a visionary, who proclaimed himself as the Son of God and as a result was burned alive in 1663. Several essays were written on him. Two other well known members were Etienne (1625-1700), who was an Orientalist and a Calvinist minister, and Abbot Louis Morin (1636-1715), who was a respected physician and botanist, and a member of the Academy of the Sciences.

Pierre Morin was born in Normandy in 1639. He came to New France and married Marie Martin at Port-Royal, Acadia in 1661. They eventually settled in Beaubassin, Quebec, where Pierre died in 1690. Pierre and Marie had at least twelve children together that carried on the family name of Morin. [1]

Important Dates for the Morrin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morrin research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1484, 1499, 1630, 1591, 1659, 1591, 1659, 1583, 1656, 1642, 1702, 1677 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Morrin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Morrin Spelling Variations

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Morrin, some of which include Morin, Morins, Morrin, Morrins, Morain, Morains, Morrain, Morrains, Maurin, Maurrin, Maurain, Maurrain, Moren, Morren, Morein, Morrein, de Morin and many more.

Early Notables of the Morrin family (pre 1700)

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morrin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Morrin migration to the United States

Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Morrin has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Morrin were

Morrin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Dan Morrin, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [2]
Morrin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nathaniel Morrin, aged 30, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734 [2]
  • John Morrin, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [2]
Morrin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Morrin, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1858 [2]
  • Peter Morrin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868 [2]
  • Isaac Morrin, aged 45, who arrived in New York in 1868 [2]
  • James Morrin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873 [2]

Morrin migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Morrin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Morrin, (b. 1840), aged 22, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Edward Thornhill" arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand in 1862 [3]
  • Mrs. Jane Morrin, (b. 1841), aged 21, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Edward Thornhill" arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand in 1862 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Morrin (post 1700)

  • Thomas H. Morrin, American engineer and the director of engineering at SRI International from 1948 to 1963
  • Wayne Morrin (b. 1955), Canadian retired professional WHA ice hockey player
  • Brad Morrin (b. 1981), Australian professional rugby league footballer
  • Joseph Morrin (1794-1862), Scottish-born, Canadian physician and politician, two-time mayor of Quebec city who bequeathed money and property to what would become Morrin College and later Morrin Centre

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  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
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