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A family of Strathclyde-Briton were the first to use the name Moorhead. They lived in Lanark, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Moorhead Early Origins



The surname Moorhead was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow. Today, Muirhead is a small suburb of Glasgow, about 7 miles North-East of the city center.

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Moorhead Spelling Variations


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Moorhead Spelling Variations



In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Moorhead has appeared as Muirhead, Morehead, Moorhead, Moorehead, Murehead and others.

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Moorhead Early History


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Moorhead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moorhead research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1401 and 1491 are included under the topic Early Moorhead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moorhead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Moorhead Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Moorhead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moorhead In Ireland


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Moorhead In Ireland



Some of the Moorhead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Among them:

Moorhead Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Bartholomy Moorhead, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732

Moorhead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Campbell Moorhead, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1810
  • John Moorhead, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Samuel Moorhead, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Rebecca Moorhead, aged 21, landed in New York, NY in 1821
  • Robinson Moorhead, who arrived in New York in 1830
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Moorhead Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie Moorhead, aged 22, who emigrated to America from Glasgow, in 1900
  • Cath Moorhead, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1901
  • Elizh Moorhead, aged 16, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1901
  • Charles Moorhead, aged 21, who landed in America from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1907
  • Arthur Henry Moorhead, aged 35, who landed in America from London, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Moorhead Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Moorhead, aged 23, a farmer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Moorhead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Moorhead (post 1700)



  • James Kennedy Moorhead (1806-1884), Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Jean Moorhead (b. 1936), American actress and model
  • William Singer Moorhead (1923-1987), Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Don Moorhead (b. 1948), retired American football player
  • Carlos John Moorhead (b. 1922), United States Congressman
  • Ethel Moorhead (1870-1955), British suffragette and artist
  • The Rt Rev William Henry Moorhead DD (1882-1962), Irish-born, Canadian fourth Bishop of Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • Evan Robert Moorhead (b. 1978), Australian politician

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Motto


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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: Auxilio Dei
Motto Translation: By the help of God.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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    The Moorhead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moorhead Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 9 October 2016 at 16:58.

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