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The distinguished surname Morse emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin, which became very frequent in England during the 14th century. The surname Morse is derived from the Old French name Maur, which is derived from the Latin personal name Mauritius, which means Moorish or dark. Morse is a late form of the surname.

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The surname Morse was first found in Gloucestershire where, conjecturally being of Flemish origin they were one of the many settlers who were invited into England to improve the industrial capabilities of the nation.

Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Mors, Morse, Mawse and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morse research. Another 256 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1771, 1791, 1807, and 1872 are included under the topic Early Morse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Morse

Morse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel and Elizabeth Morse settled at Dedham in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Joseph Morse who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635 along with Anthony and Mary
  • Anthoney Morse, who landed in New England in 1635
  • Daniel Morse, who landed in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Samvell Morse, aged 50, landed in New England in 1635
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Morse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis Morse, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Michael Morse, settled in Boston in 1765
  • Phillip Morse settled in Trinity Bay in 1767

Morse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Barney Morse, aged 30, arrived in Maryland in 1813
  • Abraham Morse, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824
  • John Morse, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • William Morse, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846
  • J Morse, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
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Morse Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Abner Morse, who landed in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Samuel Morse, who landed in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760

Morse Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ben Morse, a Welshman, jumped his ship, the Perseverance, at St. John's, Newfoundland in 1818
  • Samuel Morse, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • Moses W Morse, who arrived in Canada in 1836
  • Moses Webster Morse, who landed in Canada in 1841

Morse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Morse arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1848
  • H.P. Morse arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1849
  • Henry Morse arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1849

Morse Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Morse, aged 24, a millwright, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • Ann Morse, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • Robert Henry Morse, aged 2, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
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  • Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872), American inventor and portrait painter, but best known as the co-inventor of "Morse Code"
  • Brigadier-General Winslow Carroll Morse (1904-1990), American Chief of Staff, Caribbean Air Command (1954-1956)
  • Henry Woolson Morse (1858-1897), American composer of musical theatre
  • Jedidiah Morse (1761-1826), American geographer whose textbooks became a standard for students throughout America, father of telegraphy inventor Samuel F. B. Morse
  • David Bowditch Morse (b. 1953), award-winning American stage, television, and film actor
  • Charles Copeland Morse (1842-1900), American businessman known as the "American Seed King", co-founder of the Ferry-Morse Seed Company
  • David Morse (1907-1990), American lawyer, Legion of Merit awarded soldier, and bureaucrat
  • Wayne Lyman Morse (1900-1974), American lawyer and politician, professor of law and later dean at the University of Oregon, and a U.S. Senator (1945-69)
  • John Torrey Morse (1840-1937), American lawyer and biographer
  • Sir Christopher Jeremy Morse KCMG (1928-2016), English banker and cruciverbalist, Chancellor of the University of Bristol (1989 to 2003) and Chairman of Lloyds Bank; Colin Dexter's fictional detective, Inspector Morse, was named after him
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Morse Historic Events



HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Stanley Morse, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Peter John Morse, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Robert Morse, English 1st Class Cabin Bed Steward from Rock Ferry, Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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  • Morse Genealogy by J. Howard Morse.
  • The Ancestors and Descendants of the Rev. Daniel Morse by Colleen Morse Elliott.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. 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).
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Morse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morse 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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