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Early Origins of the Moorfield family

The surname Moorfield was first found in Cumberland where the family name was first referenced in the year 1154 when Peter Morville was recorded with estates. [1]

They were originally from Morville, arr Valognes in the canton of Briquebec in Normandy. [2] Another early record of the family was found in the royal burgh of Lauder in Berwickshire. This parish was "granted in the early part of the 12th century, by David I., to Hugh de Moreville, constable of Scotland. De Moreville gave the lands of Thirlstane, in the parish, to one of his kinsmen, whose grand-daughter conveyed them by marriage to Sir Richard Maitland, ancestor of the present Earl of Lauderdale, now the principal proprietor of the parish." [3]

Another source digs further into Hugh de Morville (Moreville): "the barton of Morvale or Morville, [in the parish of Morvall, Cornwall] which was connected with the manor, gave its name to an ancient family thence denominated De Morville; from whom, according to tradition, sprang Hugh de Morville, knight, who was one of the murderers of Thomas a Becket. How long the property continued in this ancient, but now forgotten family, we have no means of knowing. At a very early period it belonged to the Glynns, with whom it continued for many generations." [4] Contrary to this quote, the family is not forgotten.

Some of the family were anciently found in Modbury, Devon as the manor of "Brownston was granted by Adam de Morville to the Abbey of Buckfastleigh. " [5] Unfortunately, no date was given wit this entry.

Early History of the Moorfield family

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Moorfield Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Moorfield, Morefield, Mirefield, Moreville, Moorville, Morville, Morfield, Myrfield, Monfode, Nontfoyde and many more.

Early Notables of the Moorfield family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • the Moorfield or Moreville family of Cumberland

United States Moorfield migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moorfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Moorfield, who settled in Philadelphia in 1806
  • Thomas Moorfield, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1853

Contemporary Notables of the name Moorfield (post 1700) +

  • John Cornelius Moorfield QSO (1943-2018), also known as Te Murumara, a New Zealand academic, a specialist in the teaching of the Maori language
  • Moorfield Storey, American politician, Representative from Massachusetts 11th District, 1900 [6]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. 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)
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  5. Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook