Morefield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Morefield family

The surname Morefield was first found in Cumberland where the family name was first referenced in the year 1154 when Peter Morville was recorded with estates. [1]

They were originally from Morville, arr Valognes in the canton of Briquebec in Normandy. [2] Another early record of the family was found in the royal burgh of Lauder in Berwickshire. This parish was "granted in the early part of the 12th century, by David I., to Hugh de Moreville, constable of Scotland. De Moreville gave the lands of Thirlstane, in the parish, to one of his kinsmen, whose grand-daughter conveyed them by marriage to Sir Richard Maitland, ancestor of the present Earl of Lauderdale, now the principal proprietor of the parish." [3]

Another source digs further into Hugh de Morville (Moreville): "the barton of Morvale or Morville, [in the parish of Morvall, Cornwall] which was connected with the manor, gave its name to an ancient family thence denominated De Morville; from whom, according to tradition, sprang Hugh de Morville, knight, who was one of the murderers of Thomas a Becket. How long the property continued in this ancient, but now forgotten family, we have no means of knowing. At a very early period it belonged to the Glynns, with whom it continued for many generations." [4] Contrary to this quote, the family is not forgotten.

Early History of the Morefield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morefield research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Morefield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Morefield Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Moorfield, Morefield, Mirefield, Moreville, Moorville, Morville, Morfield, Myrfield, Monfode, Nontfoyde and many more.

Early Notables of the Morefield family (pre 1700)

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United States Morefield migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Morefield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Morefield, who settled in Hingham, MA sometime between 1620 and 1650
Morefield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Morefield, who settled in London, England in 1720

Canada Morefield migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Morefield Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Peter Morefield, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Peter Morefield, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Vernon Morefield, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ann Morefield, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ed ward Morefield, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Morefield Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Simon Morefield, who settled in Ontario in 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name Morefield (post 1700) +

  • Richard H Morefield, American diplomat, U.S. Consul General in Tehran, one of the hostages in Iran in 1979-80
  • James W. Morefield, American Republican politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates 3rd District; Elected 2011 [5]
  • Billy Joe Morefield, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates, 2010 (25th District), 2012 (27th District) [5]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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