McMorran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McMorran family

The surname McMorran was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the McMorran family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMorran research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 159 and 1595 are included under the topic Early McMorran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McMorran Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacMorran, MacMoran, MacMurrin, MacMorrion, MacMorane and many more.

Early Notables of the McMorran family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McMorran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McMorran migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McMorran Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James McMorran, who arrived in Maryland in 1709-1710 [1]
  • Edward McMorran, who settled in New York in 1774
  • Edward McMorran, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1774 [1]

New Zealand McMorran migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McMorran Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James McMorran, aged 19, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
  • Robert McMorran, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name McMorran (post 1700) +

  • Henry Gordon McMorran (1844-1929), American businessman and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan (1903-1913)
  • Edward James "Eddie" McMorran (1923-1984), Northern Ireland footballer
  • Donald Hanks McMorran (1904-1965), English architect, known today for his neo-Georgian and classical traditional styles
  • John Ingram McMorran (1889-2003), one of the oldest people in the world who lived to the age of 113


The McMorran Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus virtutis praemium
Motto Translation: Virtue is its own reward.


  1. ^ 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)


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