Fitzmorris History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 Fitzmorris 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.

Early Origins of the Fitzmorris family

The surname Fitzmorris was first found in Kerry, Galway and Mayo. "No more illustrious name than Fitz Maurice is to be found in the annals of Ireland, for it was borne during several generations by the descendants of Maurice Fitz Gerald, the founder of the great historical house of Geraldine. He was companion-in-arms of the redoubtable Earl Strongbow, and by his gift Baron of Naas and Wicklow. One of his sons was the ancestor of the Earls of Kildare and Dukes of Leinster-Premier Dukes of Ireland; from another sprung the princely Desmonds, and a line of seventeen powerful Earls." [1]

Early History of the Fitzmorris family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitzmorris research. Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1810, 1893, 1502, 1590, 1551, 1600, 1633, 1696, 1668, 1741, 1694 and 1747 are included under the topic Early Fitzmorris History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fitzmorris 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 Fitzmorris family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Fitzmaurice, Fitzmorris, FitzMaurice, FitzMorris, Morris and many more.

Early Notables of the Fitzmorris family (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. The Fitzmaurices have traditionally held the position of Lord Kerry and Baron Lixnaw. They include: Thomas Fitzmaurice, sixteenth Lord Kerry and Baron Lixnaw (1502-1590), who was the youngest son of Edmund Fitzmaurice, tenth lord Kerry. His son, Patrick Fitzmaurice, the seventeenth Lord Kerry and Baron...
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United States Fitzmorris migration to the United States +

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 Fitzmorris:

Fitzmorris Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John FitzMorris, who arrived in New England in 1773
Fitzmorris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Fitzmorris, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [2]
  • Henry Fitzmorris, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1876

Australia Fitzmorris migration to Australia +

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

Fitzmorris Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Fitzmorris, British convict who was convicted in Gibraltar for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" in May 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. William Fitzmorris, (b. 1807), aged 25, English labourer who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Circassian" on 4th November 1832, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Miles Fitzmorris, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fitzmorris (post 1700) +

  • James Edward "Jimmy" Fitzmorris Jr., (1921-2021), American businessman and politician, Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana (1972-1980), President of the Louisiana State Senate (1972-1976)
  • Alan James Fitzmorris (b. 1946), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1969 to 1978
  • Captain James Fitz-Morris MC and Bar (1897-1918), British World War I flying ace credited with 14 aerial victories
  • Megan Fitzmorris McCafferty (b. 1973), American author, known for her New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series of young adult novels

  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 1st March 2022). Retrieved from
  4. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 8th February 2021, retrieved from
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from on Facebook