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The original Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a proud, ancient past. The original Gaelic form of the name McMorrow is Mac Murchadha.

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The surname McMorrow was first found in Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name McMorrow revealed spelling variations, including McMorough, McMorogh, McMorrough, McMurrer and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMorrow research. Another 220 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early McMorrow History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McMorrow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name McMorrow:

McMorrow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James McMorrow, Henry McMorrow and John McMorrow, who were all on record arriving in New York in 1804
  • James McMorrow, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Jno McMorrow, who landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Hen McMorrow, who landed in America in 1805
  • Ann McMorrow, aged 20, who landed in America from Ireland, in 1893


McMorrow Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Anne McMorrow, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Moneymore, in 1900
  • Annie McMorrow, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Sligo, in 1902
  • Bedelia McMorrow, aged 23, who landed in America from Leitrim, in 1906
  • Annie McMorrow, aged 20, who settled in America from Co. Antrim, in 1906
  • Annie McMorrow, aged 23, who landed in America from Lutrim, Ireland, in 1908


McMorrow Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Denis McMorrow, who came to St. John, New Brunswick in 1842

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  • Barbara J. McMorrow, American Republican Party politician
  • Virginia G. McMorrow, American fantasy/young adult author
  • Mary Ann G. McMorrow (b. 1930), former Illinois Supreme Court justice
  • Michael Sean McMorrow (b. 1963), American musician, composer, and producer
  • Gerald McMorrow, American director and writer
  • Scott McMorrow, American playwright and actor
  • James Vincent McMorrow, Irish folk music singer-songwriter
  • Sean McMorrow (b. 1982), Canadian ice hockey winger


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  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  3. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  4. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
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  6. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  7. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  8. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
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