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Moorhouse is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Moorhouse family lived in Lancashire. The name Moorhouse was a local name meaning the dweller at the house on the moor. It derives from the Old English elements mor, meaning marsh or fen, and hus, meaning house.

Early Origins of the Moorhouse family


The surname Moorhouse was first found in Lancashire where conjecturally they were descended from Roger de Poictou, a Norman Baron who was granted lands in southern Lancashire by Duke William of Normandy, his liege lord, for his noble assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Early History of the Moorhouse family

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Early History of the Moorhouse family


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Moorhouse Spelling Variations

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Moorhouse Spelling Variations


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Moorhouse include Moorhouse, Moorehouse, Morehouse, Morhouse and many more.

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Early Notables of the Moorhouse family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Moorhouse family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Moorhouse family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Moorhouse family to the New World and Oceana


In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Moorhouses to arrive on North American shores:

Moorhouse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Stephen Moorhouse, who arrived in New York in 1774

Moorhouse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Moorhouse, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1849
  • C. B. Moorhouse, who arrived in California in 1850
  • Oliver Moorhouse, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1874

Moorhouse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Moorhouse, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES (originally Charles Forbes) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839SirCharlesForbes.htm
  • Edward Moorhouse, aged 44, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARION 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Marion.htm
  • Sarah Moorhouse, aged 38, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARION 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Marion.htm
  • Thomas A. Moorhouse, aged 12, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARION 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Marion.htm
  • Edward L. Moorhouse, aged 7, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARION 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Marion.htm
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Moorhouse Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Moorhouse, aged 29, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Alice Moorhouse, aged 29, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Thomas Moorhouse, aged 5, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Charlotte Moorhouse, aged 2, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • John Moorhouse, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
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Contemporary Notables of the name Moorhouse (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Moorhouse (post 1700)


  • James Moorhouse (1826-1915), Anglican bishop of Melbourne and of Manchester
  • William Barnard Rhodes- Moorhouse VC (1887-1915), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Geoffrey Moorhouse FRGS, FRSL (1931-2009), English journalist and author
  • William Sefton Moorhouse (1825-1881), New Zealand politician
  • Roger Moorhouse (b. 1968), British historian and author
  • Lieutenant Colonel Harry Claude Moorhouse CMG (1872-1934), officer in the British Army
  • Adrian David Moorhouse MBE (b. 1964), British former Olympic swimmer

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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES (originally Charles Forbes) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839SirCharlesForbes.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARION 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Marion.htm

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