The Morace surname comes from an Old French personal name
introduced to Britain by the Normans
. The Latin version was Mauritius. It is also thought that the name may have been taken on as a nickname
for a Moor, or someone of a dark complexion, who was not actually a Moor.
Early Origins of the Morace family
The surname Morace was first found in Herefordshire
, where tradition, according to the historian Ormerod, finds the family name to be descended from Athelstan Glodrydd, Godson of Athelstan, the King of England
who founded the four Royal tribes of Wales
, and on his mother's side descended from Caradoc Vriechfras, Lord of Hereford, one of the knights of the Round Table. Descended was Hoedliw Goch ap Rhys, Gwrgenau ap Hoedliw Goch, Grono ap Gwrgenau, Griffith ap Grono, Madoc ap Griffith, Howel ap Madoc, Phillip Dorddu ap Howel, Cadwgan second son of Phillip and so on, to Morys ap Morgan. Descended was Evan Maurice who was the youngest son of Maurice ap Morgan who migrated to Kent
, his son Sir William Maurice acquired the estates of the village of Chuston in West Putford.
Early History of the Morace family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morace research.Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1379, 1552, 1622, 1593, 1597, 1604, 1611, 1582, 1591, 1626, 1702, 1666, 1634, 1682, 1647, 1691, 1628, 1690, 1602, 1676, 1660 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Morace History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Morace Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. Early variations of Welsh
surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic
, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh
names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations
were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Morace have included Maurice, Morrice, Morice, Morys and others.
Early Notables of the Morace family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir William Maurice (1552-1622), Welsh
politician, Member of Parliament for Carnarvonshire
(1593-1597) and (1604-1611), High Sheriff
(1582) and High Sheriff
(1591); David Maurice (1626-1702), a Welsh
Anglican priest and translator, Canon of St Asaph in 1666; Henry... Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morace Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Morace family to Ireland
Some of the Morace family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Morace family to the New World and Oceana
North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh
people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Morace: George Maurice who settled in Virginia in 1656; followed by Robert in 1699; William Maurice settled in Nevis in 1660; George Maurice settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1796.