Moraley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Moraley is one of the names carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is based on the medieval given name Morel. The name was originally derived from the name More or Moore a nickname for a someone of dark complexion. This name stems from the Old French word Moor, meaning black man.

Early Origins of the Moraley family

The surname Moraley 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." [1]

Important Dates for the Moraley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moraley research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1704, 1795, 1839, 1788 and 1880 are included under the topic Early Moraley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Moraley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Moraley have been found, including Morrell, Morel, Morrel, Morrall, Morrill, Murrill and others.

Early Notables of the Moraley 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...
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Moraley migration to the United States

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Moraley were among those contributors:

Moraley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Moraley (1698-1762), an Englishman who immigrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1729 as an indentured servant; his book The Infourtunate: or the Voyage and Adventures of William Moraley, Written by Himself (1743) gave a glimpse of the life as a servant at the time

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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