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Where did the Scottish Morehead family come from? What is the Scottish Morehead family crest and coat of arms? When did the Morehead family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Morehead family history?The first people to use the name Morehead were a family of Strathclyde- Britons who lived in the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name comes from when someone lived in Lanark, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Morehead has appeared as Muirhead, Morehead, Moorhead, Moorehead, Murehead and others.
First found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow. Today, Muirhead is a small suburb of Glasgow, about 7 miles North-East of the city center.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morehead research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1401 and 1491 are included under the topic Early Morehead History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Morehead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Morehead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:
Morehead Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Morehead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Morehead Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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: Auxilio Dei
Motto Translation: By the help of God.
The Morehead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morehead Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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