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Origins Available: English
This old Welsh
surname comes from the Latin personal name Mauritius, which means dark. In Britain, Maurice was the learned form of the name, while Morice was the common form. The surname Morris was likely also assumed as a surname after being a nickname
for a dark or swarthy person.
The surname Morris was first found in Herefordshire
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Morris has occasionally been spelled Morris, Morriss, Moriss, Morrice, Morice, Moris and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morris research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morris History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morris Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Morris family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh
families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Morris
Morris Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Humphrey Morris settled in Barbados in 1635
- Jenkin Morris settled in Virginia in 1635
- Davie Morris, aged 18, landed in Bermuda in 1635
- Frederick Morris, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
- Amy Morris, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
Morris Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Anne Morris, who landed in Virginia in 1703
- Ellinor Morris, who landed in Virginia in 1706
- Elianor Morris, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
- Adam Morris, who landed in Virginia in 1714
- Christian Morris, aged 24, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738
Morris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Ann Morris, aged 21, arrived in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805
- Ainsley Morris, aged 17, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
- Ephraim Morris, who landed in New York in 1834
- Gualterio Morris, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1837
- Emanuel Morris, aged 27, arrived in Missouri in 1840
Morris Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Caroline Elizabeth Morris, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1912
Morris Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Charles Morris, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
- Mr. Charles Morris Jr., U.E. who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia c. 1783
- Mr. David Morris U.E. (b. 1751) who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1817
- Private. Lutheran Morris U.E. (b. 1737) born in Woodbridge, New Jersey, USA who settled in Parrsborough [Parrsboro], Nova Scotia c. 1784 he served in the New Jersey Volunteers 3rd Battalion, married to Catherine Ann Swan having 15 Children, he died in 1839
- Sgt. Richard Morris U.E. (b. 1750) born in Ireland who settled in Nova Scotia c. 1784 he served in the New York Volunteers and 3rd Regiment of Foot, married twice having 8 children, he died in 1834
Morris Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Morris, aged 30, a plasterer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale
- Samuel Morris, aged 25, a plasterer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale
- Sarah Morris, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale
- Felix Morris, aged 26, a tailor, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast
- Owen Morris, aged 24, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
Morris Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Elijah Morris, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- John Morris, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Edward Morris, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Jeremiah Morris, a sawyer, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- William Henry Morris, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
Morris Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Cornelius Morris, aged 50, a gardener, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
- Mary Morris, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
- Ellen Morris, aged 16, a sempstress, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
- Anne Morris, aged 14, a sempstress, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
- George Morris arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andover" in 1843
- Stevland Hardaway Morris (b. 1950), born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist who has won 25 Grammy Awards, inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame
- Thomas Gayle Morris (1919-2016), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Mexico's At-large district (1959-1969), Member of the New Mexico House of Representatives (1953-1958)
- Jim Morris (1935-2016), American bodybuilder, Mr. USA (1972), AAU Mr. America (1973), Mr. International (1974), and Mr. Olympia Masters Over 60 (1996)
- Mr. Nelson Morris (1891-1937), American Controlling Heir of Meat Packing/Stockyard Interests from Chicago, Illinois, USA, who was a passenger on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and survived the Airship Fire on May 6, 1937
- Lieutenant-General William Henry Harrison Jr. Morris (1890-1971), American Commanding General Caribbean Command (1949-1952)
- Robert Morris Jr. (1734-1806), English-born American merchant, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution
- Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816), American statesman, a Founding Father of the United States
- Joseph Chris Columbo Morris (1902-2002), American jazz drummer
- Mary McGarry Morris (b. 1943), American novelist, short story author and playwright
- William Weeks "Willie" Morris (1934-1999), American Rhodes Scholar, writer, and editor
- C.C.'s Clan: Morris, Arms, Mitchell and Related Families by Eula Eunice Park Mitchell.
- The Morris, Arnold and Related Families by Louis Arnold Morris.
- Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
- Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
- Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
- Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
The Morris Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morris 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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