The name Moralee was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from the medieval given name Morel.
The name was originally derived from the name More
for a someone of dark complexion.
This name stems from the Old French word Moor,
meaning black man.
Early Origins of the Moralee family
The surname Moralee was first found in Northumberland
where one of the first records of the name was found at North Middleton, a township, in the parish of Hartburn. "This place, which was also called MiddletonMorell, from an ancient proprietor named Morell, was afterwards divided among various proprietors." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Moralee family
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Moralee Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Moralee family name include Morrell, Morel, Morrel, Morrall, Morrill, Murrill and others.
Early Notables of the Moralee family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Mary Morrill (Morrel/Morrills/Morill) (c.
1620-1704), birth name of Mary Folger, English-born indentured servant in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, grandmother of Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moralee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Moralee family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Moralee family to immigrate North America:
Moralee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Obadiah Moralee, aged 23, who landed in America from Bolton, in 1903
- Margaret Moralee, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from New Castle, England, in 1913
- Neel Moralee, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1921
- Noel Moralee, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1922
- Fred Moralee, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Moralee (post 1700)
- Jamie Moralee (b. 1971), English former footballer
The Moralee 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: Bono animo esto
Motto Translation: Be of Good Courage