Morel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Morel family

The surname Morel was first found in Brittany, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.

Members of this distinguished family were the Lords of numerous fiefdoms and seigniories, such as Aubignosc, le Castellard, le Chaffaut, Château-neuf-sous-Volonne, l'Escale, Mallemoisson, Riaud, Sieyes, Thoard-le-Noble and Valbonnette.

On May 10, 1836, Charles Nicolas Auguste of Châteauneuf-Randon, Marquis of Apchier, authorized his son-in-law, Mr. Morel of La Colombe of La Chapelle, to take his name, title and Coat of Arms of Châteauneuf-Randon of Apchier, and a Royal ordinance authorized the changes and addition to Mr. Morel's name.

Étienne Morel, born in 1632, son of Vincent and Marguerite, travelled from Normandy to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Catherine Patou, born in 1642, daughter of Abel and Marie, on 9th January 1663. [1]

Early History of the Morel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morel research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1645, 1669, 1670, 1640, 1651, 1505, 1564, 1640, 1716, 1683 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Morel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Morel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Morel, Morelle, Morelles, Morels, Moral, Moralle, Moralles, Morals, Morrel, Morral, Morralle and many more.

Early Notables of the Morel family (pre 1700)

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United States Morel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Morel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabet Morel, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [2]
  • Peter Morel settled with his wife and 4 children in Georgia in 1733
  • Peter Rodolf Morel, who settled in Georgia in 1733 with his wife Martine, son Anthony and daughter Mariane
  • Mathieu Morel, who settled in Philadelphia with his wife Jeanne Marie Ozias, son Jean Pierre, aged 9, daughters Madel, aged 4 and Lucresse, aged 2, in 1751
  • Matthieu Morel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
Morel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jose Ramon Morel, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1804 [2]
  • Anthony Morel, aged 50, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [2]
  • Catalina Morel, aged 25, who arrived in New York, NY in 1854 [2]
  • Jacob Morel, aged 32, who arrived in New York, NY in 1854 [2]
  • Alexander Morel, who arrived in New York, NY in 1882 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Morel migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Morel Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Olivier Morel, son of Thomas and Alliette, who married Françoise Duquet, daughter of Denis and Catherine, in Quebec on 14th September 1670 [3]
  • Etienne Morel, son of Vincent and Marguerite, who married Catherine Patou, daughter of Abel and Marie, in Quebec on 9th January 1673 [3]
  • Guillaume Morel, son of Guillaume and Jeanne, who married Marie Barette, daughter of Jean and Jeanne, in Sainte-Anne, Quebec on 24th July 1690 [3]
  • François Morel, son of Michel and Marie, who married Marie Moisan, daughter of Nicolas and Jeanne, in Montreal, Quebec on 5th November 1696 [3]
Morel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Charles-Joseph Morel, son of André and Marie-Josephte, who married Catherine Lévesque, daughter of Joseph and Geneviève, in Rivière-Ouelle, Quebec on 3rd March 1703 [3]
  • Joseph-François Morel, son of Pierre and Marie-Jeanne, who married Marie-Anne Bourg, daughter of Antoine and Marie-Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 8th November 1717 [3]
  • Michel Morel, son of Louis-Joseph and Elisabeth, who married Marguerite Hubert, daughter of Louis and Madeleine, in La Prairie, Quebec on 4th October 1718 [3]
  • Jean Morel, son of Guillaume and Marie-Madeleine, who married Marguerite Gariépy, daughter of Charles and Marie-Anne, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 21st February 1718 [3]
  • Charles-Alexandre Morel, son of Louis-Joseph and Elisabeth, who married Marie Couillard, daughter of Charles-Thomas and Louise, in Beaumont, Quebec on 21st February 1724 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Morel (post 1700) +

  • Richard Morel, American singer, songwriter, remixer and record producer
  • Captain Brent Morel (1976-2004), USMC Navy Cross Award recipient
  • Pierre Morel (b. 1964), French cinematographer and film director
  • Léonard Morel (1820-1888), French goldsmith and sculptor
  • Jérémy Morel (b. 1984), French footballer
  • Gaël Morel (b. 1989), French film director
  • Charlotte Morel (b. 1972), professional French triathlete
  • Bénédict Morel (1809-1873), Austrian-French psychiatrist
  • Antoine Léon Morel (1810-1871), French painter
  • Alfred Morel (1850-1924), French hispanist
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Jason Michael Morel (d. 1912), aged 82, American Third Class passenger from Unknown who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [4]


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. 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. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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