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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.

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The surname Morehead was 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.

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.


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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.

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More information is included under the topic Early Morehead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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


  • Charles Morehead, who arrived in Virginia in 1630

Morehead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Anne Morehead, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • John Morehead, aged 32, landed in Newport, Rhode Island in 1821
  • Margaret Morehead, aged 25, arrived in Newport, Rhode Island in 1821
  • Robert Morehead, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878
  • J. M. Morehead, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1897

Morehead Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Mary Morehead, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Mrs. Jro L Morehead, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Mrs. John L. Morehead, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • John Motley Morehead, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Jane I. Morehead, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1909


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  • Turner Gustavus Morehead (1814-1892), American officer in the Mexican American War and American Civil War, Brigadier General in the Union Army
  • Jere W. Morehead, American academic, 22nd and current President of the University of Georgia
  • Elizabeth Morehead, American actress, known for her roles in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), One World (1998) and Quints (2000)
  • Charles Slaughter Morehead (1802-1868), American politician, U.S. Representative from Kentucky, the 20th Governor of Kentucky
  • James Turner Morehead (1799-1875), American politician, Congressional Representative from North Carolina
  • James Turner Morehead (1797-1854), American politician, United States Senator, the 12th Governor of Kentucky
  • Seth Marvin "Moe" Morehead (1934-2006), American Major League Baseball left-handed specialist reliever who played from 1957 to 1961
  • James B. Morehead (b. 1916), American Ace fighter pilot from of World War II, inductee into the American Combat Airman Hall of Fame
  • John Motley Morehead (1796-1866), American politician, 29th Governor of the North Carolina (1841 to 1845)
  • John Motley Morehead III (1870-1965), American chemist, U.S. ambassador to Sweden, and noted philanthropist

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  • Muirheid Family Record by Nola M. Karr.
  • Tree Top Baby: A Family Tree of Moorhead by Susan Moorhead-Nunes.
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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.

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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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