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The name Morehouse reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Morehouse family lived in Lancashire. The name Morehouse was a local name meaning the dweller at the house on the moor. It derives from the Old English elements mor, meaning marsh or fen, and hus, meaning house.

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Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Morehouse family name include Moorhouse, Moorehouse, Morehouse, Morhouse and many more.

First found in Lancashire where conjecturally they were descended from Roger de Poictou, a Norman Baron who was granted lands in southern Lancashire by Duke William of Normandy, his liege lord, for his noble assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morehouse research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1300, and 1330 are included under the topic Early Morehouse History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Morehouse family to immigrate North America:

Morehouse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George Morehouse, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • Lavina Morehouse, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • William P. M. Morehouse arrived in California in 1852
  • Mrs Morehouse, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • A.A. Morehouse, aged 23, who landed in America from Londonderry, in 1894

Morehouse Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Clifton J. Morehouse, aged 47, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1906
  • Max Morehouse, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Lila Morehouse, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Byron Morehouse, aged 46, who settled in America, in 1919
  • Charlotte Joan Morehouse, aged 2, who landed in America from Southend, England, in 1920


Morehouse Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Daniel Morehouse U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. James Morehouse U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. John Morehouse U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Jonathon Morehouse U.E. who settled in Gullivers Cove, Digby County, Nova Scotia c. 1784
  • Mr. Noah Morehouse U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784

Morehouse Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William H. Morehouse arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Albert William" in 1864

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  • Albert Pickett Morehouse (1835-1891), American politician, 26th Governor of Missouri from 1887 to 1889
  • William "Bill" Morehouse (b. 1960), American curler, curling broadcaster, semifinalist in the 2000 Mixed National Championships
  • Bonnie Morehouse, acting United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 2001
  • David Morehouse (b. 1960), American President of Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL)
  • Ward Morehouse (1899-1967), American theater critic and newspaper columnist
  • Tim Morehouse (b. 1978), American Olympic silver medalist fencer


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The Morehouse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morehouse 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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