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Origins Available: French, Welsh


The Maurice surname comes from an Old French personal name introduced to Britain by the Normans. The Latin version was Mauritius. It is also thought that the name may have been taken on as a nickname for a Moor, or someone of a dark complexion, who was not actually a Moor.

Maurice Early Origins



The surname Maurice was first found in Herefordshire, where tradition, according to the historian Ormerod, finds the family name to be descended from Athelstan Glodrydd, Godson of Athelstan, the King of England who founded the four Royal tribes of Wales, and on his mother's side descended from Caradoc Vriechfras, Lord of Hereford, one of the knights of the Round Table. Descended was Hoedliw Goch ap Rhys, Gwrgenau ap Hoedliw Goch, Grono ap Gwrgenau, Griffith ap Grono, Madoc ap Griffith, Howel ap Madoc, Phillip Dorddu ap Howel, Cadwgan second son of Phillip and so on, to Morys ap Morgan. Descended was Evan Maurice who was the youngest son of Maurice ap Morgan who migrated to Kent, his son Sir William Maurice acquired the estates of the village of Chuston in West Putford.

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Maurice Spelling Variations


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Maurice 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 Maurice have included Maurice, Morrice, Morice, Morys and others.

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Maurice Early History


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Maurice Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maurice research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1379, 1552, 1622, 1593, 1597, 1604, 1611, 1582, 1591, 1626, 1702, 1666, 1634, 1682, 1647, 1691, 1628, 1690, 1602, 1676, 1660 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Maurice History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Maurice Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Maurice Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir William Maurice (1552-1622), Welsh politician, Member of Parliament for Carnarvonshire (1593-1597) and (1604-1611), High Sheriff of Caernarvonshire (1582) and High Sheriff of Merionethshire (1591); David Maurice (1626-1702), a Welsh Anglican priest and translator, Canon of St Asaph in 1666; Henry...

Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maurice Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Maurice In Ireland


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Maurice In Ireland



Some of the Maurice family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North Ameri ca. 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 Maurice were found:

Maurice Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Roger Maurice, who arrived in New England in 1631
  • William Maurice, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • John Maurice, who arrived in Maryland in 1650
  • Elizabeth Maurice, who arrived in Maryland in 1654
  • George Maurice, who landed in Virginia in 1656
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Maurice Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Maurice, who arrived in New York in 1795
  • George Maurice settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1796

Maurice Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Maurice, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • James Maurice, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Ann Maurice settled in New York in 1820
  • Germain Maurice, who arrived in Texas in 1844
  • Eduard Maurice, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Maurice Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Anne Maurice, aged 29, arrived in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Marie Maurice, aged 24, arrived in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Rose Maurice, aged 24, landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767

Maurice Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Price Maurice arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caleb Angas" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CALEB ANGAS 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CalebAngas.gif
  • Augusta Maurice arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1849
  • Augusta Maurice, aged 28, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Maurice (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Maurice (post 1700)



  • James Maurice (1814-1884), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1851, 1866; U.S. Representative from New York 1st District, 1853-55
  • John D. Maurice, American writer who won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing
  • Arthur Bartlett Maurice (1873-1946), American editor, contributor to the New International Encyclopædia
  • Ann Maurice (b. 1951), American interior designer and house stager
  • Peter Maurice (1803-1878), Welsh priest and writer
  • Nicolas Maurice, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Charles Frédéric Louis Maurice, Prince d'Isenbourg-Birstein, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Peter David Maurice (b. 1951), English cleric, current Bishop of Taunton
  • Maria Belen Perez Maurice (b. 1985), Argentine fencer at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Vice-Admiral James Wilkes Maurice (1775-1857), British officer of the Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Maurice Historic Events


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Maurice Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George Solomon Maurice, English 1st Class Passenger from London, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CALEB ANGAS 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CalebAngas.gif

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  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. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  11. ...

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