Morby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Morby date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the settlement of Moreby in the East Riding of Yorkshire, or in the place named Moorby in Lincolnshire. The surname Morby belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Morby family

The surname Morby was first found in East Riding of Yorkshire at Moreby with Stillingfleet, a township, in the parish of Stillingfleet, wapentake of Ouse and Derwent. The hamlet of Moreby has remained quite small over the years having a population of only 56 in the late 1800s. Moreby Hall, is a magnificent mansion in the Elizabethan style, is seated in a fine lawn on the east bank of the Ouse, and surrounded with trees of gigantic growth. [1] "The church [of Stillingfleet] is an ancient structure with some portions in the Norman style, and attached to it is a chapel containing a cross-legged figure in armour, of one of the family of Moreby." [1]

Early History of the Morby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morby research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1367, 1379, 1401 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Morby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Morby Spelling Variations

Morby has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Morby have been found, including Moorby, Mooreby, Moreby, Morbey, Morby, Moorbey and others.

Early Notables of the Morby family (pre 1700)

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United States Morby migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Morbys to arrive on North American shores:

Morby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Stephen Morby, who settled in Maryland in 1669
  • Stephen Morby, who landed in Maryland in 1669 [2]
Morby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Morby, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1870

Australia Morby migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Morby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ann Morby, English convict from Oxford, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Morby (post 1700) +

  • Kevin Robert Morby (b. 1988), American musician, best known as the former bassist of Woods
  • Paul Morby, British producer, known for Gardening Club (1959-1964)
  • Jon Morby, British producer and writer, known for Dating Dilemmas (2018), Guardian Angel (2018) and Checkmate
  • Jack Morby, British director and actor, known for Doctor Who Legacy of the Doctor: Fan Film (2013)
  • Dr. Andrew "Andy" Morby, Welsh researcher at the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University, Wales
  • George Morby Ingram (1889-1961), Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835


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