Moreland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Moreland come from when the family resided on a moor, which is a tract of open, uncultivated ground which is usually grown over with heather and coarse grasses and has a poor, peaty soil. The surname Moreland literally means dweller by the moor-land. The surname Moreland belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. [1]

Early Origins of the Moreland family

The surname Moreland was first found in Westmorland. The Mauley branch of the family claim Ugthorpe in the North Riding of Yorkshire as their ancient ancestral home. "This was an ancient demesne of the crown, and is styled in Domesday Book Ughetorp; the Mauleys became lords here at an early period, and from them the manor and estate descended by marriage to the Bigods, and afterwards to the Ratcliffes, by whom the whole was sold in parcels." [2]

"The first of this name we can trace is Peter de Mauley, a Poictevin, Baron of Mulegrave, and Lord of Doncaster, in Yorkshire. He appears to have been an adherent of King John, and to have acquired his English estates in marriage with Isabel, daughter and heir of Robert de Thurnham, whose wife was Joanna Fossard, heiress of Mulqrave, a descendant, probably, of the Domesday Nigel. Camden says, that "by marriage Peter de Mauley came to a great inheritance at Mulgrave, and that the estate was enjoyed by seven Peters, Lords de Malo-lacu." [3]

"The first mention of this name occurs shortly after the death of Richard I., when John, in order to clear his way to the throne, employed his esquire Peter de Mauley, a native of Poitou, to murder his nephew, Prince Arthur, for which service De Mauley received great remuneration in the West of England. In charters, the latinization of this name, De Malo Lacu, might be supposed to be no unapt allusion to the "bad lake or pool" of blood thus unrighteously shed by the founder of the race." [4]

As far as the Moreland (Morland) variant is concerned, we found the first record in Somerset: Edith de la Morland there in 1257. A few years later, Henry atte Morlonde was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296 and William de Morland in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1327. [5]

Early History of the Moreland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moreland research. Another 164 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1190, 1625, 1695, 1660, 1789 and are included under the topic Early Moreland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Moreland Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Moreland has been recorded under many different variations, including Morland, Morley, Moorland, Morthland, Morlay and many more.

Early Notables of the Moreland family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Samuel Morland (1625-1695), notable English academic, diplomat, spy, inventor and mathematician, made 1st Baronet Morland in 1660; the...
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Moreland Ranking

In the United States, the name Moreland is the 1,805th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Moreland family to Ireland

Some of the Moreland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Moreland migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Moreland or a variant listed above:

Moreland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Moreland, who landed in Virginia in 1621 [7]
  • Christopher Moreland, who arrived in Maryland in 1637 [7]
  • Dormett Moreland, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [7]
  • Edw Moreland, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [7]
Moreland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Bartlet Moreland, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [7]
Moreland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Moreland, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807 [7]
  • William Moreland, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812 [7]
  • Henry Moreland, aged 34, who landed in New York in 1812 [7]
  • Andrew Moreland, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1830 [7]
  • John Moreland, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1839 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Moreland migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moreland Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Moreland, aged 21, a widow, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • James Moreland, aged 2, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland

Australia Moreland migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Moreland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Moreland, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caspar" in 1849 [8]

New Zealand Moreland migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Moreland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Moreland, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Santon" in 1870
  • Margaret Moreland, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Santon" in 1870
  • Emily Moreland, aged 21, a nurse, who arrived in Taranaki aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • William Moreland, aged 18, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • Frank Moreland, aged 17, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Moreland (post 1700) +

  • Mantan Moreland (1902-1973), American actor and comedian most popular in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Private First Class Whitt Lloyd Moreland (1930-1951), United States Marine, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Korean War
  • Earthwind C. Moreland (b. 1977), American former NFL cornerback
  • Jack Wade "Jackie" Moreland (1938-1971), American NBA basketball player who played from 1960 to 1970
  • Mitchell Austin Moreland (b. 1985), American Major League Baseball first baseman
  • James Porter "J.P." Moreland (b. 1948), American philosopher, theologian, and Christian apologist
  • Bobby Keith Moreland (b. 1954), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1978 to 1989
  • Arthur Geoffrey Moreland (1914-1996), English professional footballer
  • Barry Moreland (b. 1943), Australian dancer and choreographer
  • Robert John Moreland (b. 1941), British management consultant and politician


Suggested Readings for the name Moreland +

  • A Genealogical Record of the Family and Descendants of David E. Moreland by John Capron Funk.
  • Stepping Stones O'er More-land: A History of the Moreland Families by P.S. Bennett.

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CASPAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Caspar.htm


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