Meurs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Among the all the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Meurs were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived near a moor, or heath. In Gaelic, Mor means great or big; therefore, a scribe may have mistaken the adjective Mor as a surname More or Muir. This may explain the occurrence of the surname Muir, or a variant in Northern Scotland. The name Muir would seem out of place in that region because it holds a meaning of "living by a moor or heath," not the typical landscape of the highlands. Judging by its meaning, Muir is a local name of the south that described the area, in which the original bearer lived or held land.
Early Origins of the Meurs family
The surname Meurs was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Meurs family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meurs research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1291, 1300, 1296, 1700, 1407, 1393, 1397, 1594, 1657, 1887 and 1959 are included under the topic Early Meurs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Meurs Spelling Variations
The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Meurs has appeared as Muir, Mure, Moor, Moore, Mure, More, Moorman and many more.
Early Notables of the Meurs family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Robert More II (died 1407), of Pamber, Hampshire, English politician, appointed High Sheriff of Hampshire for 1393-94, elected a Member of Parliament for Hampshire in 1397; Sir William...
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Migration of the Meurs family to Ireland
Some of the Meurs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Meurs family
As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: George Muir (Moore) who was banished to New Jersey from Scotland in 1685; James Muir and his wife and children, who settled in Georgia in 1732; Colin Moore, listed as a Scot banished to the American colonies in 1747.
Contemporary Notables of the name Meurs (post 1700) +
- Henry Meurs, American Republican politician, Mayor of Rensselaer, New York, 1921; Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County 2nd District, 1924 
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The Meurs 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: Duris non frangor
Motto Translation: I am not disheartened by difficulties.