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The name Morell reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Morell family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Morell is based on the medieval given name Morel. The name was originally derived from the name More or Moore a nickname for a someone of dark complexion. This name stems from the Old French word Moor, meaning black man.


The surname Morell was first found in Northumberland where one of the first records of the name was found at North Middleton, a township, in the parish of Hartburn. "This place, which was also called MiddletonMorell, from an ancient proprietor named Morell, was afterwards divided among various proprietors." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Morell has been recorded under many different variations, including Morrell, Morel, Morrel, Morrall, Morrill, Murrill and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morell research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1704, 1795, 1839, 1788 and 1880 are included under the topic Early Morell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Mary Morrill (Morrel/Morrills/Morill) ( c. 1620-1704), birth name of Mary Folger, English-born indentured servant in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, grandmother of Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Morells were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Morell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Morell, who landed in New England in 1623
  • Daniell Morell, who arrived in Virginia in 1656

Morell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Morell, who landed in Georgia in 1733
  • Pierre Rodolph Morell, who arrived in Georgia in 1733
  • Matthieu Morell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1770
  • David Lewis Morell settled in Philadelphia in 1799

Morell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Juan Antonio Morell, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Leslie Morell, aged 27, settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • Leonardo Morell, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1844
  • Jose Morell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Esteban Morell, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1860
  • ...

  • George W. Morell (1815-1883), American civil engineer, lawyer, farmer, and a Union general in the American Civil War
  • Wilbert Morell (b. 1954), American Engineer
  • William Morell, English writer
  • Peter Andreas Amundsen Morell (1868-1948), Norwegian Minister of Social Affairs
  • Michael Morell, Associate Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • John Daniel Morell (1816-1891), British educationalist
  • Curdin Morell (b. 1963), Swiss Olympic bobsledder
  • André Morell (1909-1978), British actor
  • Abelardo Morell (b. 1948), Boston-based photographer
  • A Morell, Actress, Theatre, Films, Radio and Television

Morell Historic Events

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Goldiana Gerogina Morell, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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: Bono animo esto
Motto Translation: Be of Good Courage


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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Morell Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Morell 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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