The name McMoreland is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived on a moor, which is a tract of open, uncultivated ground which is usually grown over with heather and coarse grasses and has a poor, peaty soil. The surname McMoreland literally means dweller by the moor-land.
The surname McMoreland belongs to the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.
Early Origins of the McMoreland family
The surname McMoreland was first found in Westmorland
. The Mauley branch of the family claim Ugthorpe in the North Riding of Yorkshire
as their ancient ancestral home. "This was an ancient demesne of the crown, and is styled in Domesday Book
Ughetorp; the Mauleys became lords here at an early period, and from them the manor and estate descended by marriage to the Bigods, and afterwards to the Ratcliffes, by whom the whole was sold in parcels." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the McMoreland family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMoreland research.Another 327 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1190, 1625, 1695, 1660, 1789 and are included under the topic Early McMoreland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McMoreland Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name McMoreland were recorded, including Morland, Morley, Moorland, Morthland, Morlay and many more.
Early Notables of the McMoreland family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Samuel Morland (1625-1695), notable English academic, diplomat, spy, inventor and mathematician, made 1st Baronet
Morland in 1660; the... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McMoreland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McMoreland family to Ireland
Some of the McMoreland family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McMoreland family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the McMoreland family emigrate to North America: Thomas Morland, who settled in Virginia in 1650; Ed Morland, who settled in Virginia in 1663; William Morland, who came to Boston in 1762; Eleanor Morland, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Virginia in 1774.