Morrish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Morrish family

The surname Morrish was first found in Kerry, Galway and Mayo.

Early History of the Morrish family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morrish research. Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1810, and 1893 are included under the topic Early Morrish History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Morrish Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fitzmaurice, Fitzmorris, FitzMaurice, FitzMorris, Morris and many more.

Early Notables of the Morrish family (pre 1700)

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United States Morrish migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Morrish Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo Morrish, aged 18, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [1]
Morrish Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antone Morrish, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [1]

Australia Morrish migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Morrish Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Morrish, (b. 1774), aged 45 born in Cornwall, UK convicted in Launceston on 22nd March 1819, sentenced for life for , transported aboard the ship "Dromedary" in 1819 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Richard Morrish (b. 1774), aged 45, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 22nd March 1819, sentenced for life, transported aboard the ship "Dromedary" in September 1819 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [3]
  • Edward Morrish, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848 [4]
  • William Morrish, aged 51, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" [5]
  • Miss Jane Morrish, (b. 1835), aged 21, Cornish general servant, from travelling aboard the ship "Kate" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 23rd December 1856 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Morrish (post 1700) +

  • Jay Morrish (1936-2015), American golf course designer who worked for Jack Nicklaus (1972-1982)
  • Dan Wesley "Blade" Morrish (b. 1950), American politician, Louisiana State Senator from District 25 (2008-)
  • Norman Morrish, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1916 [7]
  • Anna B. Morrish, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1920 [7]
  • Rory Michael Morrish (b. 1968), Irish cross-country skier at the 2006 Winter Olympics
  • Alfred Southcott Morrish FRCO (1906-1978), English organist and composer
  • Paul Morrish (b. 1968), Australian rules footballer who played from 1986 to 1989
  • James John Morrish (1868-1956), Welsh-born, Australian politician
  • Ken Morrish (1919-2006), Canadian politician, 4th Mayor of Scarborough, Ontario in 1978
  • Tom Morrish, Australian eponym of the Morrish Medal, an Australian rules football award

HMS Cornwall
  • Basil Christopher Morrish (d. 1942), British Coder aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [8]


The Morrish 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: Si Deus nobiscum qui contra nos
Motto Translation: If God be with us, who can be against us.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Constance.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 5th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/davidmalcolm1854.shtml
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A


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