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The Anglo-Norman invaders, if they could be called that since their movement into the eastern portion of Ireland was relatively peaceful, added their old Norman conventions for surnames to the previously established Irish system for hereditary surnames. One of the most frequent forms of surnames for both cultures was the patronymic surname, which was formed from the name of the original bearer's father or grandfather. The Norman tradition that the Anglo- Normans brought with them used diminutive suffixes such as "-ot," "-et," "-un," "-in," or "-el." to demonstrate the bearer's relation to the male relative. Occasionally, two suffixes were combined to form a double diminutive, as in the combinations of "-el-in," "-el-ot," "-in-ot," and "-et-in." The Normans also formed patronymic surnames in a manner very similar to the Irish: they simply added a prefix to their father's name. These Anglo-Norman people, however, used the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word "fils," and ultimately from the Latin " filius," which both mean "son." Although this prefix probably originated in Flanders or Normandy, it can now only be found in Ireland. The surname Fitzmaurice is derived from Mac Muiris. The name means "son of Morris." The personal names Maurice and Morris are derived from the Latin name Mauritus, which is itself a derivative of Maurus.

Fitzmaurice Early Origins



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

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Fitzmaurice Spelling Variations


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Fitzmaurice Spelling Variations



In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Fitzmaurice family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Fitzmaurice, Fitzmorris, FitzMaurice, FitzMorris, Morris and many more.

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Fitzmaurice Early History


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Fitzmaurice Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitzmaurice research. Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1810, 1893, 1633, 1696, 1668, 1741, 1694 and 1747 are included under the topic Early Fitzmaurice History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fitzmaurice Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fitzmaurice Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family name at this time was Rev. Francis Orpen Morris (1810-1893) of Cork, author of works on natural history; William FitzMaurice, 20th Baron Kerry, (1633-1696); and his son, Thomas FitzMaurice, 1st...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fitzmaurice Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many Irish families left the English-controlled Ireland in the 19th century. Early immigrants were primarily after land and the opportunity of living a life entirely of their own fashioning. In the 1840s, this pattern of immigration changed as the Great Potato Famine struck Ireland. Hundreds of thousands left the diseased and starving island with little expectations but many hopes. By this time there was very little available land in the east, so many immigrants joined the movement for the western frontier lands, or settled in established urban centers. Irish immigrants not only made enormous contributions to the rapid development and population of North America, but they also brought with them a rich cultural heritage. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Fitzmaurice:

Fitzmaurice Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lawrence Fitzmaurice, aged 30, landed in Missouri in 1845
  • Charles, Jeremy, John, Michael, Patrick, and Thomas Fitzmaurice all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870

Fitzmaurice Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Caroline Fitzmaurice, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  • Henry Fitzmaurice arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Andromache" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fitzmaurice (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fitzmaurice (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General James Michael Fitzmaurice (1900-1983), American Vice Commanding General Tactical Air Command (1947-1949)
  • Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice CMG (1861-1924), Irish civil engineer
  • James Michael Christopher Fitzmaurice DFC (1898-1965), Irish aviation pioneer, member of the crew of the Bremen, which made the first successful Trans-Atlantic aircraft flight from East to West in 1928
  • George Fitzmaurice (1877-1963), Irish dramatist and short story writer
  • Edmond John Fitzmaurice (1881-1962), Irish-born prelate of the Catholic Church, Bishop of Wilmington (1925 to 1960)
  • Martin Fitzmaurice (1940-2016), English darts master of ceremonies, caller, scorer and referee, known for his expression "Are you ready? Ladies and Gentlemen... Let's... Play.... Darts"
  • George William Hamilton FitzMaurice (1827-1889), 6th Earl of Orkney
  • Cecil O'Bryen Fitz-Maurice (1919-1998), 8th Earl of Orkney
  • Thomas FitzMaurice (1803-1877), 5th Earl of Orkney
  • Mary FitzMaurice (1755-1831), 4th Countess of Orkney, the only surviving child of Murrough O'Brien, 1st Marquess of Thomond
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830

Other References

  1. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  2. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  5. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  11. ...

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