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Early Origins of the Moorman family

The surname Moorman was first found in Suffolk where Ralph le Morman was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1287. Later, William le Moreman was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk in 1327. [1]

"This surname is derived from a geographical locality, 'the moorman,' one who dwelt on the moor." [2] Johannes Morman was found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379.

To the far south of England in Devon, Hartland was home to some of the family: "There are stated to have been anciently eleven chapels in this extensive parish. The parish documents are unusually numerous and interesting, and have been reported on by the Historical Manuscripts Commission. Dr. Moreman, born at Hartland in 1529, vicar of Menheniot, is reputed to have been the first who used the English language in public worship in Cornwall teaching his parishioners the Creed, Commandments, and Lord's Prayer in that tongue. " [3]

Some of the family can even be found in Scotland. And there, the name is also derived "from the occupation, an officer in charge of a moor. Thomas Mureman, younger in Kirkbryderig, 'dilatit of the schutting and slauchter of deir,' 1570 (Trials, I, p. 48). 1687: 'Every man that keeps cattle upon the More, shall bring his cattle to the Moor-man to be branded'" [4]

Early History of the Moorman family

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Moorman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Moorman, Moreman, Morman and others.

Early Notables of the Moorman family (pre 1700)

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Moorman Ranking

In the United States, the name Moorman is the 4,593rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [5]

United States Moorman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moorman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Zachariah Moorman, who arrived in South Carolina in 1671 [6]
Moorman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Henry Moorman, aged 28, who landed in Missouri in 1845 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Moorman (post 1700) +

  • Charles Harwood Moorman (1876-1938), United States federal judge
  • Henry DeHaven Moorman (1880-1939), American politician, U.S. Representative from Kentucky
  • Maurice "Mo" Moorman (b. 1945), American college and professional NFL football player who played from 1968 through 1973
  • Cyril "Sonny" Moorman (b. 1955), American power Blues guitarist
  • Madeline Charlotte Moorman Garside (1933-1991), American cellist and performance artist
  • Lt. General Thomas Samuel Moorman (1910-1997), fifth Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy
  • Brian Donald Moorman (b. 1976), American NFL punter
  • Frederic William "F.W." Moorman (1872-1919), English professor of English at Leeds University in England
  • John Richard Humpidge Moorman (1905-1989), English divine, ecumenist, and writer, Bishop of Ripon (1959 to 1975)
  • Haskell Moorman Monroe Jr. (1931-2017), American educator and university administrator, President of the University of Texas at El Paso (1980–1987) and the University of Missouri (1987–1993)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Russell Lee Moorman, American Seaman Second Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [7]

Suggested Readings for the name Moorman +

  • Johnson-Moorman Family Connections by Jesse Bryan.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
  4. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook