Show ContentsMoorby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Moorby surname lived in the settlement of Moreby in the East Riding of Yorkshire, or in the place named Moorby in Lincolnshire. The surname Moorby belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Moorby family

The surname Moorby was first found in East Riding of Yorkshire at Moreby with Stillingfleet, a township, in the parish of Stillingfleet, wapentake of Ouse and Derwent. The hamlet of Moreby has remained quite small over the years having a population of only 56 in the late 1800s. Moreby Hall, is a magnificent mansion in the Elizabethan style, is seated in a fine lawn on the east bank of the Ouse, and surrounded with trees of gigantic growth. [1] "The church [of Stillingfleet] is an ancient structure with some portions in the Norman style, and attached to it is a chapel containing a cross-legged figure in armour, of one of the family of Moreby." [1]

Early History of the Moorby family

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Moorby Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Moorby are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Moorby include: Moorby, Mooreby, Moreby, Morbey, Morby, Moorbey and others.

Early Notables of the Moorby family (pre 1700)

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United States Moorby migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Moorby or a variant listed above:

Moorby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Moorby, who settled in Virginia in 1724

Canada Moorby migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moorby Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Moorby, who was on record in the census of Ontario, Canada in 1871

Australia Moorby migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Moorby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Moorby, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 20th January 1836, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Moorby (post 1700) +

  • Mr. Paul Joseph Moorby O.B.E. (b. 1964), British Managing Director for, Chipside, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to promoting the UK Technology Sector Abroad [3]

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th March 2022). Retrieved from
  3. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook