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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 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.

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitzmorris 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 Fitzmorris History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 115 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fitzmorris Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 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
  • Henry Fitzmorris arrived in Philadelphia in 1876

Fitzmorris Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • 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

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  • James Edward "Jimmy" Fitzmorris Jr., (b. 1921), 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


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The Fitzmorris Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fitzmorris 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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