Morrish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Morrish family

The surname Morrish 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.

Early History of the Morrish family

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Morrish Spelling Variations

There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Morrish have included Morris, Morriss, Moriss, Morrice, Morice, Moris and others.

Early Notables of the Morrish family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Morrish family to Ireland

Some of the Morrish family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Morrish migration to the United States +

Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Morrish were found:

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]
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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]
  • James John Morrish (1868-1956), Welsh-born, Australian politician
  • Alfred Southcott Morrish FRCO (1906-1978), English organist and composer
  • Rory Michael Morrish (b. 1968), Irish cross-country skier at the 2006 Winter Olympics
  • Paul Morrish (b. 1968), Australian rules footballer who played from 1986 to 1989
  • 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]

  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
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE - 1848. Retrieved from
  5. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 5th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1854. Retrieved
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from
  8. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from on Facebook
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